Annabelle met her second husband 5 years later after she left her first husband. At that moment she experienced an unsuccessful business and raised two young children without anyone’s help. Annabelle’s family helped her to pay off her debts and Annabelle’s mother bought a small apartment for her and her two young children.
The second husband was a chief financial officer in a state government organization when they met.
Annabelle originally came from Asia, speak limited English. Annabelle was running an international education business from 2006, unfortunately, the Australian government dramatically changed its immigration regulations and policies in 2019, and Annabelle made the wrong decision to expand the business before it. Thus her business was failed.
When the man realized Annabelle does not need to pay any mortgage for the apartment, he immediately proposed and begged to move into her apartment. Then Annabelle married him in one year even the man had bad health conditions and lost his job. Annabelle looked after him and family until he recovered. And requested her mother to him $46,000 to pay off his mortgage.
Soon after that, he decided to buy a cafe business. During the time of running the cafe, the man controlled all the financial matters, Annabelle had not got any payment from him but worked in the cafe 7 days a week. What she got were only staff meals.
The man forced Annabelle to sign a document without any legal advice, even did not give her time to read, ended up that is a loan agreement which said Annabelle owes the man $290,000 AUD. Then he forged Annabelle’s signatures to transfer the cafe’s directorship under Annabelle’s name.
In two months time of the above, the man stopped showing up at the cafe, except every afternoon came to the cafe to collect all the money and do the accounting jobs, the excuse he gave was he did not feel well.
One afternoon Annabelle requested to have a look the bank statements for the period without the man working there, she realized the man took about $5000 out from the business. The man said that was 12% p.a interests of the $290,000 loan!
Annabelle suddenly waked up, they had a horrible argument. Obviously, they separated. And the business was shut down. Immediately the man started the litigation asking Annabelle to give him $500,000 the amount Annabelle sold the apartment, which her mother bought for her.
Since Annabelle showed the court all the bank statements which show the money belongs to Annabelle’s mother. The man afraid of the judge would not favour him, he started the litigation to sue the landlord since the landlord has been chasing the rent (even there was no any lease agreement and the lease term was already expired). The man and the landlord made an under table deed, without my involvement and consent, that the man agreed to pay the landlord $180,000 from the $500,000 (as he called that is the matrimony assets pool).
As my mother is 82 years old, doesn’t speak English, all her saving is that fund she gave me. That fund has been frozen from the beginning of the litigation, and my mother was ordered as the second respondent. Annabelle and her mother already spent more than $300,000 for the litigation fees.
This legal proceeding has been more than 4 and a half years, the said final hearing has been attended twice, unfortunately, it still has not done yet. The judge ordered to have the part-hearing proceeding in August this year, which would be two days hearing. God, cross fingers, wish me the proceeding could be finished.
I used all the $250,000, which borrowed from my 5 friends, for the legal costs. I appreciate my friends so gratefully. However, my mother and my solicitors keep sending tax invoices for the August hearing retainers.
Annabelle has started her Bachelor of Law/ Bachelor of business study at Victory university from January 2017. This is a five years course, it could be finished at the end of this year, which means I can finish my study within 4 years.
It is petty to have a full time job instead of finishing my law degree. I rather to be a pro bono lawyer to help up the vulnerable single mothers like me. Yes, I promise I will be.
I so much need $50,000 to fight for my case.
My Paypal link: PayPal.Me/annabelleyixiao