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Sara Evan's Ex: 'My divorce reads like a Grisham novel'

'My Divorce Reads Like A John Grisham Novel'
The process of ending a marriage can be emotionally, mentally and financially draining. For former political candidate Craig Schelske, divorce was also a public nightmare.

Schelske's 2007 divorce from country music star Sara Evans became a media sensation, in part because of the wild accusations the two parties made against each other.

"When I entered court, I had the expectation that my wife would be protected, that I would be able to negotiate my way through it to an amicable sort-of resolution, and by the time I got done, my story reads like a John Grisham novel," Schelske said to host Caitlyn Becker.

He alleged corruption in family court, including "judges who were involved in felonious activities, parenting evaluators who are cocaine addicts and drug abusers, and actions of collusion behind my back, hiding assets and all sorts of things to deprive me of my rights, my place as a father, [and] the income that I had helped earn over a period of 10 years. So yes, it was a very, very nasty thing."

Schelske also claimed that Evans' divorce attorney tried to cast aspersions on Schelske's character. "My ex's divorce attorney, in a fit of buffoonery, he believed that I was Craig of Craigslist. He thought I was personally responsible for the sexual solicitation ads on Craigslist."

Ultimately, Schelske sued the divorce attorney for slander. "I went after this attorney for slander and it took me three years. Four days before his trial -- I'm not supposed to say that he surrendered but we settled. He paid me a settlement and issued a letter of apology."

Watch the full conversation on HuffPost Live.

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popoman February 03 2014 at 8:10 AM

Its good to see that these dare attorneys can be held accountable for their actions. Some really like to make a mountain out of a mold hill.

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Karen February 03 2014 at 12:43 AM

Divorce is BRUTAL for everyone involved - period! It si extremely rare to hear about any divorce that was completely fair, without any kind of retaliation or 'low blows." Worse thing - when kids are involved, they suffer most, while the adults are oblivious and wrapped in their own selfish schemes.

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therivertohome February 04 2014 at 7:26 AM

A large part of that attack mentality is promoted by the lawyers involved. They take advantage of two people who are angry, hurt, and frightened and make them believe that the only option is to attack and defend at all costs. Our family court systems need reform. They need to encourage civility and help both parties survive a very difficult time.

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Hardaway74 February 02 2014 at 10:49 PM

Don't believe a word Schelske had to say. All about money. Sara was out touring while he was supposly addict to Porn in which his kids walk in while he was watching it. I read this in the tabloids.
I don't believe everything I read, but for him I believe he was as guilty as can be.........
But your not guilty until the Law says it. He said he sued the divorce attorney for slander and a settlement was made.

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vicperdido February 03 2014 at 2:14 PM

Hardaway74 you are a baffon if you dont see the picture here. Not that I even believe what you are saying about Craig at all either. But you missed the point, the fact is he is not talking about what ever reason they broke up, (and not only that he had enough respect for Ms Evans to not talk about her in the interview) he was exposing the corruption and collusion that goes on in Family Court systems all over the US, showin how corrupt and brokent the system is. And also the corrupt tactics that the Family Law Attorneys go to get a win at all costs. Go to divorcecorp dot com for more on that, and you will have your eyes opened as to what goes on every day, to celebrities, as the average custodial worker.

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thevillagerclubs February 02 2014 at 10:40 PM

How can you change your e-mail address and keep all your contacts

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dotlhs56 February 02 2014 at 10:39 PM

He is the buffoon if he thinks he is believed. It came out long before the divorce that he was cheating on her while she was out on the road making money for their family. He sounds like a joke. Good riddance. Remember the truth. The true story is the story in the middle - not his and not hers. If you believe him, the whole system and everyone in it is wrong but him. Now that he told of a supposed settlement, doesn't he lose it for violating that? That is if he is to be believed.

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Francine February 02 2014 at 10:51 PM

you are a buffoon

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SKIP February 02 2014 at 10:31 PM

yeah...good wins out!

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kory9966 February 02 2014 at 9:59 PM

Well they always say that there are 3 sides to every story, his, hers and the truth. I think this is a case and point.

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Richard February 02 2014 at 9:52 PM

Sorry, who are these people exactly?

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Susanne February 02 2014 at 9:59 PM

My thought exactly!

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kinderprintables February 02 2014 at 9:43 PM

The guy sounds like he's reading off a script. 2 sides to every story, and it doesn't belong in the press. Sarah isn't here to defend herself, and what the divorce attorney says/does doesn't necessarily reflect upon clients. Takes 2 to tango!

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therivertohome February 04 2014 at 7:11 AM

He doesn't say anything about her. I just listened to the story, then repeated. He doesn't claim to be innocent of anything he was accused of except of being Craig of Craig's List, which was a ridiculous charge to have made against him anyway. I'm not defending either party here but vicperdido above nails the point. He is here talking about the divorce process, not about Sara. In my divorce the only people who came out with anything was the two attorneys. She was left broke, I was left broke. We ended up losing all the equity we had in our home and all our cash reserves. Last week the two of us and our grown children spent the day traveling to see a concert and had a great time. I think we could have gotten through the process just fine with a mediator and paying one lawyer to file the agreement with the court. The cost of a divorce in my state is about 750.00 to file and process. The average cost if you face off in court is 9500.00 per person. The process is bad, the intent of the lawyers is to drag out the divorce to allow themselves as much billable time as possible. The judge who officiated my divorce later was remove from that docket to a lower court and word on the street was that there was some money changing hands, but without enough proof to remove him from the bench. Two of the lawyers involved are no longer in practice. "Family Court" in this country has become a nightmarish ritual with many of the laws related to divorce archaic and no longer addressing the current societal constructs. The old patriarchal 'man as bread winner woman as stay at home mom" is long over but our laws act as though we never changed. My wife has two masters degrees and has lived and worked all over the world. I agree with your point that it takes two to tango but I disagree with your point about the divorce attorney not necessarily being a reflection upon the clients. I interviewed three attorneys before hiring one I thought would be scrupulous and of good character. I met with one who is reputed to be the best in my local area and walked out of his office in less than 5 minutes. After our pleasant introductions his first words were "Well what do we have on the b***h." That was all I needed to hear to know I wanted no part of him. Fairness and justice is not the aim of divorce court in America and it needs to be reformed. We can be kind and gentle with one another as we end what we had hoped would be 'happily ever after". These two had the added stress of the ridiculous claims in the tabloids, and internet, and the fact that both have public profiles. I expect they both had faults like all the rest of us but lawyers and divorce court judges make our own faults look small by comparison.

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Stephen Calderon February 02 2014 at 9:33 PM

Damn she is hot!

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Valerie February 02 2014 at 11:06 PM

Was.

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