We all know that the emotional cauldron of divorce can boil over at times. Over the years I've heard of many threats that one party has made to the other, including threats to kidnap children, threats to give up work to thwart maintenance claims and even threats to kill.
Thankfully, however, these threats are rarely carried out.
One particular threat that crops up from time to time is the threat to burn down the matrimonial home so that "he/she won't get any of it". I've never known it to be carried out, but for Deborah Jackson the news that her husband was having an affair was enough to raise her emotional temperature well beyond 100 degrees. She burned their £210,000 matrimonial home to the ground, leaving her and her husband with nothing. "I didn't want him to get a penny" she is reported to have said. Well, it seems she succeeded. She also succeeded in getting herself a one year suspended prison sentence and an 18-month supervision order.