I was in a very abusive common law relationship for close to thirty years. We called each other husband and wife and worked hand in hand to build a large business, but he controlled our finances and basically treated me like a slave. I literally was not even allowed to drive. When it finally became too much to bear, I finally decided to file for divorce, but my ex told me that things would change and I backed off. Nothing changed. He even began to hide our assets and say the business was basically worthless. He began to try to turn my young daughter against me and at one point, he actually filed for custody saying that we were not really married and he took the position that I was a bad mother. I am so grateful that I had Izzo & Associates on my side. John and his whole crew took me under their wing… they protected me, comforted me and worked very hard in court. I’m so happy to say that because of John and Meredith I have not lost my daughter, the court did rule that we were indeed married and John even won me a disproportionate share of our assets at our final trial. I am now free and self-sufficient.-Cathy P.