She stole the prescriptions from our dentist. Then copied her own prescription and used it to forge his signature and obtain the DEA number. I have never visited the dentist to receive such a prescription. I have seen the documents she used but didn't make copies, I saw her shredding them on the day we took her to detox.
Thank you for your response. In general I understand your comments. I do have a follow up question since you mention separation of assets. She doesn't work and we have been married for 15 years. We have two children. I have Parkinson's Disease. Due to my illness I will be returning to my home country of Australia at the end of this year. The current intention is to do that as a family. My wife has been verbally abusive to me in the past and physically abusive -- in one instance in 2011 I called the Sheriff and she was detained. We were both subsequently charged with disturbing the peace, and she was additionally charged with domestic violence but all charges against her were dismissed because I asked the Prosecutor to not proceed. During the same incident she began to build a case against me, with assistance from an attorney, saying I had was physically violent towards her. My charge for disturbing the peace was a misdemeanor and I just paid the fine.
Amongst all this mess I wonder how to:
1. Sperate assets
2. If we were to split and I needed to contest custody should I be doing something now to protect myself and my children.
Lastly, I am a US (and Aust) citizen. My wife is a US citizen. My children hold dual nationality but only US passports. I have no intention to remove my children from the US without my wife's agreement or the correct authority from a US court should it come to that point. I do not and will not break any laws -- irrespective of enforceability or enforcement.
Hello again and thank you for the follow up questions. As far as separation of assets goes, that is difficult, and really depends on if you are going to stay together or not. I was referring more to the original issue which might lead to her trying to liquidate assets or take money to buy drugs, if it gets to that point. In that case, you would want to open your own bank accounts and make sure that assets like a home and car were not held jointly in a manner where she could sell them without your permission. I suspect though that you are now asking about something that is more directly related to family law and perhaps divorce. That really is a separate question and I don't handle family law issues as a rule. However, if you are thinking of splitting up, then I highly recommend that you sit down with a local family law/divorce attorney to discuss all of the issues that you are dealing with. You have a complicated case, due to the past law enforcement involvement, her current addiction issues, your children, and the dual citizenship issues, not to mention your health. So, you really need a local professional to assist you from the get go.I would say that if you are concerned that she is going to lash out and get ugly if you try to split or get custody of your children, then you might want to consider turning her in to the authorities for her prescription fraud. I would not normally recommend something like that, and you might be able to wait to see how things progress, but if you are saying she will accuse you of criminal conduct, then it is an option to explore. That would be your best protection as far as the children are concerned. In other words, you have it on the record and that would even the playing field when it comes to custody.
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