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63-Year-Old Woman Thought Her Family Was Poor But Found Out Her Husband Was Hiding 15 Properties And Thousands Of Dollars

Date October 30, 2019 17:25

Money is a major issue in many relationships. And usually, when a couple is struggling financially, they both have to sacrifice a few luxuries and live frugally so they can afford the necessities.

When a woman, simply identified as Joanne, was told by her now ex-husband that they had money problems, she had no reason not to believe him.

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63-year-old Joanne, who lives in Gold Coast, told AU News that her marriage was good in the first few years. They both worked out and raised their family. Things were smooth.

However, in the later years, they began to drift apart and their arguments intensified, sometimes leading to domestic violence.

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Joanne's husband would also tell her that their financial situation was terrible and they were struggling to get by. She had no choice but to be extra frugal with the household budget so they could afford to feed their family.

My ex-husband always told me that we were low on money and had me come up with a budget for the weekly grocery bill.

Anytime she asked for more money, he would often tell her there was none and that she and the kids would have to go without.

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He constantly informed her that they were already struggling to afford basic necessities like food and shelter so there was no way they could afford any extras.

I was told that I had to give up any luxuries and do everything I could to save money.

Joanne had no reason to doubt her husband as he had always been in control of their bank accounts. All she received was weekly allowances for groceries and bills. She trusted him completely.

It was when she was seeking legal advice about getting a divorce that the truth was revealed. After they separated, she discovered that her husband was actually well-to-do.

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He had 15 properties and bank accounts filled with thousands of dollars.

We weren’t struggling for money at all.

Joanne said she felt deceived but she saw the bright side. She was initially worried about the financial drawbacks of divorcing her husband but upon learning that she was entitled to half of his assets, she became more relaxed. She looked forward to being financially independent for the first time.

She said the first thing she did was to go to a hairdresser and have her hair colored for the first time as she never thought they could afford that before.

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Joanne advised other women to always keep informed of the family's financial position and not leave everything to their spouse.

You should know exactly what you own and what you owe so that you can be more independent in your marriage.

It's a good thing Joanne got out of such a dishonest marriage. Others can learn a lot from her experience.

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