A family friend’s story is similar to this, but the gender roles were reversed.
A nice family, six kids, married for 20-25 years. The mom worked hard for many years to put the dad through law school. He graduated, started working, had an affair with his secretary, and filed for divorce. He moved in with his mistress. The oldest kids were grown by this time and wanted nothing to do with him and neither did the teenagers. The two youngest kids wanted to visit him but he didn’t want to see them. It looks like his “first family” was simply a stepping stone to get what he wanted. The wife was of course devastated. Not only did her husband cheat and leave her, but he used her to pay for his schooling and just when their family was supposed to be doing very well (dad working as a lawyer, good salary), the family gets ripped apart, dragged through court, dad has no interest in his family. I believe she got both child support and spousal support.
The courts usually place the children with the mother, although a lot of them try to get close to 50/50. Being placed with the father is a huge red flag. Either she got herself into trouble or (like our friend’s husband) she didn’t want them, at least not for a while. Maybe when she realized it didn’t look good for her image, then she wanted them back? I am not impressed with this Wendy Davis and if I lived in Texas I would not vote for her. First that stunt about the 20-week abortion ban (why does she want babies to get murdered, especially after they feel pain and look unmistakably like babies?) and now this. :eek: