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Husband a Bum Who Claims He's Disabled? Dump Him Before It's Too Late

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Since the 2008 financial crisis some nine years ago, the number of people on the federal dole for disability benefits has increased about 40 percent, according to a report on NPR’s Planet Money.

The reasons for people being awarded disability are what most people considered regular living circumstances just 15 years ago, according to the report titled “Unfit for Work: The Startling Rise of Disability in America” by Chana Joffe-Walt.

For example, Ms. Joffe-Walt points out that the reasons people are on disability have changed completely from what they were prior to the 2008 crisis. And every month, 14 million people are receiving checks from the government for purported disabilities.

More interestingly, Ms. Joffe-Walt reports that, as of 2011, more than 60 percent of those receiving disability benefits were obtaining the benefits based upon back pain, neck pain and other skeletal pain, and mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.

When these people appear in court for divorce or custody-support proceedings, many judges simply feel sorry for them and force the responsible spouse who worked throughout the marriage to share everything. So that 401(k) built by the working spouse, typically the woman, is split with her husband, who sat home depressed for 20 years of the marriage.

After all, few people have the money for a trial and an independent medical exam and a private investigator to prove that their spouse is lying about the state of their health. Therefore, the husband who spent 20 years playing video games receives a nice chunk of the estate, despite the fact that all he is really suffering from is laziness and failure to be a responsible adult.

While courts and wives are not bound by the the Social Security Administration’s decisions about whether someone is eligible for disability payments, the decisions are costly to fight, despite the fact that the men appear in court perfectly capable of working and making at least some money for their families.

For example, one person claimed he had anxiety and could not work around other people, despite the fact that he was not even under the treatment of a doctor or on medication. But he was quite the actor when he appeared in court.

I was in court one day and watched another case where the man explained that he was depressed and although he could not support his child, he still wanted to spend more time with him – which is a common game used by men today to obtain custody and child support to supplement their government paychecks.

In another case, the husband was able to work in the family business, but could not work for a company because he could not stand the stress of having a boss. His main excuse in therapy was that he was suffering from anxiety and depression.

It appears that many people are on the federal dole for one reason: laziness. They wanted to be supported by their spouses, by the system, and by anyone they can leach off of during the course of their lifetime.

So the lesson here is clear. The second your spouse files for disability, file for divorce and put the lazy bum out on the street before he obtains a ruling from Social Security providing him with an income, so at least he will not obtain a greater share of your marital assets. Those stop accumulating as soon as the divorce is filed.

Life is tough enough. Do not let your husband be a leach on the government dole and the marital handouts of the state, which bases its divorce law on the socialist principles of leveling the playing field so that the spouse who worked hard pays the spouse who spent their time leaching off the working spouse.

Yoni Levoritz, founder of the Levoritz Law Group, practices matrimonial and family law, business law and civil law, and is an AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and a law degree from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. In 2008, Levoritz was named Professional of the Year in Matrimonial Law by Strathmore’s Who’s Who. At the time, he was the youngest attorney to be awarded this honor.

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Do not let your husband be a leach on the government dole and the marital handouts of the state, which bases its divorce law on the socialist principles of leveling the playing field so that the spouse who worked hard pays the spouse who spent their time leaching off the working spouse.
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