Judge Orders Man Pay Nearly $100K Alimony To Ex-Wife Charged With Bigamy

Mark Athans said he had no idea Charity Parchem was married to at least one other man when they got married in 2017.

Conroe, TX – A Montgomery County judge threatened to jail a man for refusing to pay $96,000 in spousal support and attorney fees to his ex-wife, even though the woman has been indicted on bigamy charges.

Mark Athans, 56, argued that his marriage to Charity Parchem, 42, was never legal, because Parchem was married to at least one other man when they wed in August of 2017, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Athans said he had no idea that his new bride was still married to someone else at the time.

According to court records, the couple met online through mutual friends in April of 2016, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Parchem claimed that she was divorced, and she and Athans eventually began dating.

They were married in South Dakota in August of 2017, then moved to Athans’ home in Willis, Texas.

But Athans’ eldest son had concerns about his father’s new wife, so he began digging into her story, the Houston Chronicle reported.

“Some things just didn’t add up,” Athans told the news outlet. “He went and did a background check on her and found she had a criminal record. I never knew anything about that.”

Athans ultimately contacted Parchem’s parents, who verified her criminal history, he said.

He filed for divorce just two months after their wedding, KPRC reported.

According to court records, Parchem was married three times before she married Athans, but investigators could only find evidence that was divorced once, KTRK reported.

In February, a Montgomery County Grand Jury indicted Parchem on one count of felony bigamy, according to the Houston Chronicle.

She was subsequently released on $20,000 bond.

"It was just a lot of deception," Athans told KPRC. "As a reasonable human being, she planned all this. I was a mark. She's lied and deceived all of us. She has lied and deceived other people. And she keeps winning.”

Athans filed a motion to have County Court at Law 3 Judge Patrice McDonald toss out his divorce settlement on the grounds that their marriage was never legal, but McDonald refused to consider the bigamy indictment against Parchem during the divorce proceedings, the Houston Chronicle reported.

His attorneys even went so far as to bring Parchem’s legal husband to court to testify, but McDonald turned him away, Athans told KPRC.

Athans must also continue paying spousal support and attorney fees to Parchem in the amount of $3,000 per month while his appeal is pending, he told KTRK.

“I don’t understand,” he said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “I’m having to pay to hurt myself.”

"Why? What did I do wrong?” he asked during an interview with KTRK. “I tried my best to do for somebody that I fell in love with that I thought had good intentions. But she didn't.”

Athans said that the appeals process will be lengthy.

“I was told the appeals process would take up to two years, which is going to be $70,000 to $80,000 [worth of payments to her]," he said. “I'm up against the wall. My last resort was to bring this before the public. Hopefully, the public can show, if anything, how bad this has gotten. It shouldn't have gotten this far. The court is responsible for this."

Athans said he is also the sole caregiver for his younger son, who is autistic, the Houston Chronicle reported.

He is worried about losing his job and not having anyone to care for his son if McDonald follows through with her threats to throw him in jail.

“What am I supposed to tell my son? ‘I’m sorry, son, but I’ve got to go to jail for 18 months?’” he asked KTRK as he tried to hold back tears. “I’m his only parent. His mother is deceased.”

McDonald has scheduled another hearing regarding the divorce settlement for Sep. 25, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Comments (52)
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JBo
JBo

Who said crime doesn't pay!

Sivaas_
Sivaas_

The wh*re must've done a favor for the "judge".

Bubba B
Bubba B

The slut sucks the judge off once a week, and screws him twice a month. You can almost guarantee that.

Shooter218
Shooter218

Judge Patrice McDonald is a female judge. Serious issues here.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Shady ass broads making the rest of most women look bad. And this judge is just a man hating judge because she probably had some guy run a number on her. Typical now a days.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Damn bro, should have run a background check yourself. Judge hit you with a huge SIMP tax.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

It’s amazing how people (myself included I’m sorry to say, several times over) will go to all sorts of lengths to be informed about a consumer product - so as not to be duped - but will exercise little to nil caution when involving themselves in a binding matrimonial agreement that has the potential to turn your life into something less appealing than lifelong dysentery. Man, way to bring myself down. Time for a beer.

Mactracker
Mactracker

Me thinks she was cleaning the judges carpet

magnumforc
magnumforc

In most states the woman wind regardless of her past or her lack of work ethic. I have great empathy for this man.

sizzle937
sizzle937

Hose job by two HOs

Digger15108
Digger15108

The Judge is wrong, very, very wrong. ABA and State need to get involved. She doesn’t belong on the bench, except maybe a park bench. Being forced to pay a cheating felon. Wha a crock of $hit.

Caddis
Caddis

Men get screwed all the time in divorces and they always side with the women even when men are victims such as this case. Divorce I think is the discrimatory and bias justice there is against men.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

Hey 1 that judge went to Clemson Collage. He has no brains.

Steve326m
Steve326m

How can there even be a divorce? There's no marriage. She's still married to someone else. She's a bigamist. His so called marriage is null and void on it's face. This is a case for an annulment not a divorce. Appeal this farce immediately. That judge needs to be thrown off the bench. Contact Gov Greg Abbott and Sen Ted Cruz.

gonzs_mom
gonzs_mom

once again, a Fermi-Nazi lets the criminal get away with it and the VICTIM has to pay. This judge should be permanently removed from the bench, have her law license revoked, and have to pay restitution to the people (male OR female) that she hurt.

Qovefefe
Qovefefe

Every divorce judge is anti man in Texas. We are witnessing a man's life possibly being destroyed so that judge can raise money for the county/state, and every lawyer involved is in on this. He needs to hire an out of state attorney who can practice in Texas. If the lawyer is connected to that area in any way, he's in on it.

Patriot1midwestern
Patriot1midwestern

It should be the other way around.... He's owed money!