Earlier this year my (now former) spouse told me that he wanted a divorce. He wished to keep our home and in exchange offered me a prepaid credit card in his name to relocate. (Balance around 5400.00.) I took the money and moved. On the day I moved out, he reported the credit card stolen, attempted to get money out of me in exchange for canceling one dispute that I became aware of a few weeks later and then he began receiving chargebacks.
I had no money for an attorney and had to fight this divorce alone. I had my day in court today...and I lost. Although he admitted to authorizing me to use the prepaid debit card, he said he was upset by my taking property he wanted and changed his mind...we are talking about approximately $100 worth of property that he wanted...Is this even legal? Can you authorize someone and change your mind after the fact, charging them with unauthorized use AFTER THE FACT?
Although I proved my authorized use not only by certified emails but also by my spouses own admission in court today, I didn't have an attorney...he did. They both harped on about property I assured them I did not take and left behind in the home...The judge had no reason to doubt my spouses having given me the card as he admitted it but the judge refused to put this in the final decree, even going as far as to say "She may be charged criminally now...Merchants could come after her...as they should." I was shocked by the decision and statement, especially with his admitting to it all.
From what I understand he has received refunds in the amount of $730.00 however many more refunds are pending possibly exceeding $3000.00 in all. The largest of any of these charges would be $200.00...
On top of it all, I found that there are NO transcripts done in this court...you must hire your own court reporter. I had no idea.
Based upon my spouses admission, my evidence in certified emails from the spouse and the fact that we were married and living together...could I face jail time for this? I have been up for over 30 hours now...it's as if my world is crumbling down around me.