January Journal Continued . . .
The kids needed cash for various things such as ski club and travel money for our daughter’s upcoming Distributive Education Club of America (DECA) trip. Scott refused to give me or the kids any money. So, I went to our local credit union and withdrew $100. Scott even stated that he will not pay the overdue credit card bill that is in my name, purposely damaging my credit.
I had opened a new card about a year ago to get the double airline miles. When I applied online, I couldn’t figure out how to add another name. Besides, I thought at the time I should start building credit of my own, having contemplated divorce even then. But I considered it a family account as I put all the monthly utilities and joint expenses on that card, most being direct debit and all paid from our joint bank account.
“I refuse to pay for anything that isn’t mine; you have to pay for your own expenses and attorney fees,” he said. (I was so glad I had secretly began recording our conversation, showing proof of his attempts to alienate me from our finances.)
When I expressed “You know I don’t have any money of my own. It’s all in our joint account,” Scott then stipulated, “Well then, I guess you need to sell some of your jewelry or go get a job. I’m not paying your credit card bill.”
Having heard enough, I left and headed over to a neighbor’s house where we drank a glass of wine and soaked in her hot tub. I did not want to have to deal with him anymore that day knowing there was no way I could battle with the silver tongued devil. When I returned to the house later that evening, Scott pounced on me in the kitchen the moment I walked in the door. He was obviously drunk, slurring his words and visibly angry with his stance.
He wanted to know, “Where did you go? Who were you with!?” Once again if insinuating that I was having an affair. Then he accused me of being drunk having noticed that I took a bottle of wine with me when I left earlier.
Finally he got around to the real subject that was bothering him. He had noticed the tax files were missing from our home office, and asked, “Where are the tax files!?”
I explained, “I dropped off the tax files to be copied.” I did not tell him I had left the tax files with my new attorney. But it didn’t really matter either way. His reaction was NOT normal, unless he had something to hide.
Because I had temporarily removed the tax files Scott was now accusing me of violating the MSQ and MRO orders. Scott then demanded to know when, where and with whom I left our tax files with? When Scott didn’t get the answers he was seeking, I could tell his anger was quickly rising. He stood within a few feet of me, purposely invading my personal space, screaming now within inches of my face demanding answers.
Not knowing what else to do, I bolted, running up to my room. Scott was right behind me as he chased me into the master bedroom. I managed just in time to lock myself in the master bathroom slamming the door in his face. Terrified I dialed the police. I didn’t doubt for one second it could have escalated to physical abuse if I hadn’t locked myself in the bathroom. He was crazy mad, and Mr. Hyde was banging on my door yelling “I’m pressing charges! You just assaulted me with the door!” (Keep in mind, I am recording everything.)
Not long after I made the call, the police came and made sure I was ok. The officer told Scott to leave me alone, and left. Instead of listening to the officers, Scott’s irrational and erratic behavior escalated. I had to take refuge in the master bathroom again while I heard Scott pacing outside the bathroom door shouting more obscenities and ranting. (Thank goodness I had video taped Scott’s erratic behavior that day, proving I hadn’t assaulted him with the door. It would come in handy later.)
When all was quiet and it seemed like Scott had given up, I went to check on Cooper. I hoped our son slept through the whole ordeal. I was relieved to find him sound asleep. When I went to go back into my bedroom a minute later I found the door shut and locked. Scott must have waited for me to open the door, then snuck in while I was checking on Cooper. I was banished to the basement again without my PJ’s, toothbrush, and my medication. I could have picked the lock, but I wasn’t about to sink to his level, nor did I want to disturb the drunken Supreme Being, afraid of his retaliation. I’d had enough of Scott that night. Best to stay away.
Unbeknownst to me, Scott sold more E*TRADE stocks that day and requested that the check be sent to him via overnight express. Another MRO & MSQ violation.