I just paid off my first ex's child support lump sum. From what I hear, shes using it to drink herself to death.
Second ex, well, she was smarter. By the time I made bail (almost three weeks in county jail) I got out with restraining order against me, guns
confiscated, and all bank accts and credit cards either cancelled or my name removed. I hit the streets with exactly $ 1.72 in my pocket. Judge gave her the contents of the house. Spent a week homeless in the woods ( New England
, late Feb) until I got picked up by police sleeping under a stolen plastic tarp in a woodpile. To the hospital, then into a shelter. Arranged for a gun dealer to pick up my guns
at the police station and buy them, and used the money
to pay for a bed
in a better shelter...got a job driving cabs...then got financial settlement for my part of the house...and was on my way to florida
with a van full of handyman tools when I started dating my present wife. My plan was to re-finish teak
and live at a motel owned by my former cell-mate, well, I skipped Florida
entirely, got married and moved to the Turks and Caicos
I literally lost
everything I owned, the accumulation of a lifetime of travelling the world, started over in my early 50's,
But I am MUCH better now....
and looking for a boat.