Bankruptly divorced mother-of-two, who is suing her ex-husband for more than $2 million, has asked a judge to grant her $1.4 million in damages, according to court documents.
Deegan was married to her former husband for five years and their two children.
In her complaint, she alleges she and her ex, who had two young daughters at the time of the breakup, had to sell their home in a foreclosure sale in 2013 and were forced to pay $1,700 for a mortgage on a single-family home in the area.
She also claims she was unable to pay for her daughter’s college tuition at North Carolina Central University, which was her primary source of income until she lost her job.
She filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against her former employer, who says she filed for bankruptcy in March 2018.
“I have been fighting for years for my rights and for my children’s rights,” said Deegan in the complaint.
“I believe that the court has no jurisdiction to hear this case.
I hope the court will recognize that I am entitled to the benefit of a court-appointed attorney, not an unpaid attorney.”
The judge will consider the lawsuit on May 17.
The case is in U.S. District Court in New York, and the filing deadline for a bankruptcy case is May 17 in New Jersey.