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  • Submitted: Wed, December 23, 2009
  • Updated: Fri, January 15, 2010

  • Reported By: Victim Of Candace Bush — Atlanta Georgia United States of America
Candace Bush
743 Elm St, Flossmoor, Illinois Chicago, Illinois United States of America

Candace Bush Ms Van, Ms N, Harassment, Stalking and Obcession with Ex-Husband's Current Wife Chicago, Illinois

*Consumer Comment: Candace Gets Justice Again

*Consumer Suggestion: Reggie Bernard Garrett is a Bigamist! Candace Bush is currently his legal wife! Shay Williams who?

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Candace Bush attacked by Shay Williams

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Ms. Bush initially contacted me on November 25th 2009 when she left derogatory messages under my YouTube videos after viewing my wedding video. I deleted the comments and accepted that she was a woman scorned who regretted seeing her ex happy with someone else.  I later received an email from her confirming that she left my husband in June of 2008 and claims by her concerning the way he treated her while they were married.  As an author of two relationship books I understand that bitter feelings can linger even after a relationship has ended so I attempted to reason with Candace and encourage her to be mature about the situation.
I assured her that we would have never gotten married while knowing that they were still legally married on paper.  I explained to her that her ex-husband, my current husband filed for divorce over a year and a half ago after SHE left him and took their son to another state with out his knowledge.  The attorney he hired failed to file the proper paper work to officially dissolve the marriage on the grounds of abandonment.  Evidently there is an extra step that must be taken when a spouse abandons the other spouse and a child is involved.  The attorney did not do what he was paid to do and we did not find this out until after our wedding when we attempted to file the marriage certificate. Since Ms Bush stated that she attended law school, however, did not pass the bar, I encouraged Ms Bush to recognize that my husband was not committing bigamy because our certificate has been placed on hold until the technicality of the divorce is final between his ex.  Although we have hired another (qualified) attorney to complete the dissolution of his previous marriage on paper, we recognize ourselves to be married in the eyes of God and society.
In our hearts, minds and spirits we are married and believe that a Covenant is made between a man/woman and God not man/woman and state.  In our spiritual beliefs a divorce occurs per 1 Corinthians 7:15 when a non-believing spouse abandons the other.
Although Candace Bush has not interacted (much less lived in the same state) with her ex-husband in over a year, she chooses to use this technicality to stalk, harass and threaten our family.  We have had to rely on legal recourse to protect our businesses, credibility and ourselves.  As you can see by the relentless, bitter postings, this woman and her friends will not stop until they feel they have destroyed us.  They have left countless postings under my videos, my book reviews, and my blogs, sent countless emails and even made threatening phone calls to me.
The attacks have not stopped there. She is now leaving false postings that we owe a lot of people and that I have filed Bankruptcy several times over.  All of these allegations are false and a form of slander by Ms. Bush and her associates.  I have been the victim of identity theft twice and have supporting police reports to support this.  All of those bankruptcy filings she referred to are not mine.
As far as Reggie Garrett is concerned, he is a good man who is surrounded by many family and friends who can validate his character.  He is a man who like every human being has admitted to making mistakes in his past but who has also grown from them.  He has won several tournaments since his divorce from his ex-wife and this is the only reason why he is a qualified PGA tour player.  As a relationship expert, I can testify that he is a good father and man who loves his children and mine dearly.  I say this not because I am his wife but because I am with him day in and day out.  No woman fights as hard as Candace and her associates have to smear a man's name who is worthless and about nothing.  No woman bitterly and relentlessly pursues and attacks a man and his spouse when there are no intimate feelings involved.
As far as Lauren Kilby is concerned, our legal battle with her is not complete.  She received a default judgment in her favor only because we were given the wrong court date over the phone and did not appear.  Although we were not there, we won our counter claim and our legal team will continue to pursue Ms Kilby to have this judgment overturned and seek damages against her.
My fans have come to recognize that I am an open and honest person who has given my heart, love and commitment to my fans and what I do.  When you put yourself in the public light, you are vulnerable to all kinds of allegations.  I have never claimed to be perfect and I have produced two books and over 170 videos to help other women learn from my mistakes.  This entire situation has allowed me to bring yet another lesson and blessing to my fans.
Lesson #1 Always do a back round check on the person you are dating and before you get married. That includes asking for a tangible divorce certificate if they have been previously married.  Had I done this both my husband and I would have learned sooner that his attorney did not do what he was paid to do.  You cannot assume the people you hire will do their jobs, you must confirm it.
Lesson #2 Be careful of the people you hire and associate with.  You cannot believe everything you read or hear.  The more money people assume you have, the more they will attack you and blackmail you for it.
Lesson #3 Hurt people hurt people and it takes strength and faith not to fight back when everything you have worked for is under attack and someone you have never met wants to harm you and your family.
I pray for Candace Bush, Lauren Kilby and anyone else who desires to attack my family or me.  Their arms are too short to box with God's.  I do not harbor any ill will against them.  I am more than positive that people can see them for what they are worth and distinguish the truth from the bitterness.  Although I choose to conduct myself with class at all times, I will not now or ever run away from a battle that has been wrongfully waged against me and I am more than willing to use the legal system to settle any and all imbalances.

Sincerely
Shay Garrett

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 12/23/2009 10:45 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Candace-Bush/Chicago-Illinois-60422/Candace-Bush-Ms-Van-Ms-N-Harassment-Stalking-and-Obcession-with-Ex-Husbands-Current-W-544401. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Candace Gets Justice Again

AUTHOR: Mrs. Van - (United States of America)

Shay did not even show up for court today.  She makes allthis hoopla about someone stalking her, when in fact, Shay is the only one doing any stalking.  Today's victory was the third in less than a month's time (Candace had to fly here for a December 21st case that was dismissed, file a motion for the January 11th case that was dismissed regarding the same matter, and now today's criminal case involving the same matter which was also dismissed).

What this should tell that psychopath, Shay Williams, is that justice will always prevail.  Shay is abusing the legal system by continually stalking Candace and making these frivolous claims.  Candace is having to spend money that she really doesn't have, to come to Atlanta, WHERE SHE HASN'T LIVED IN OVER A YEAR, to defend this insanity.  Furthermore, it causes a strain on her friends who have to take time from their jobs to assist Candace in court, because its no secret she has epilepsy and needs someone to be with her, especially in exceptionally stressful situations as these, which may cause her to go into a seizure.

We are glad that Candace once again prevailed, and hopefully Shay will stop this relentless attack she has begun against Candace, and her family/friends.

 

 

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#2 Consumer Suggestion

Reggie Bernard Garrett is a Bigamist! Candace Bush is currently his legal wife! Shay Williams who?

AUTHOR: Ms. Davis - (USA)

First let me introduce myself. I am a current law student at John Marshal focusing on family law and was told to look on ripoffreport.com for some good case studies for my class. This posting was one of the current ones and seemed interesting. All my finding are based on my opinion and I pulled data from public records (divorce, marriage, etc, and public records). In the following paragraphs I will point out why I feel Reggie Bernard is a bigamist and how his current marriage with Shay Williams is void.

Law and Facts

What is Bigamy? Bigamy (bi'g?me), crime of marrying during the continuance of a lawful marriage. Bigamy is not committed if a prior marriage has been terminated by a divorce or a decree of nullity of marriage. Bigamy is an offense of willfully and know- ingly entering into a second marriage while validly married to another individual. Bigamy is punishable by either a fine or imprisonment, depending on the law of each individual state. In some jurisdictions, bigamy is a ground for divorce. A bigamous marriage is always void. In the United States if a husband or wife is absent and unheard of for seven (or in some states five) years and not known to be alive, he or she is presumed dead, and remarriage by the other spouse is not bigamous.

In Georgia Code 16-6-20. Bigamy (a) A person commits the offense of bigamy when he, being married and knowing that his lawful spouse is living, marries another person or carries on a bigamous cohabitation with another person. (b) It shall be an affirmative defense that the prior spouse has been continually absent for a period of seven years, during which time the accused did not know the prior spouse to be alive, or that the accused reasonably believed he was eligible to remarry. (c) A person convicted of the offense of bigamy shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than ten years.

16-6-21. Marrying a bigamist. (a) An unmarried man or woman commits the offense of marrying a bigamist when he marries a person whom he knows to be the wife or husband of another. (b) It shall be an affirmative defense that the prior spouse of the bigamist has been continually absent for a period of seven years, during which time the accused did not know the prior spouse of the bigamist to be alive, or that the accused reasonably believed the bigamist was eligible to remarry. (c) A person convicted of the offense of marrying a bigamist shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than ten years. Divorce in Georgia A couple may be legally separated in Georgia but it does not end the marriage. The separation must be granted by a court. A separation can be thought of as putting the marriage on hold until there can reconciliation or the couple decides to dissolve the marriage by divorce. In Georgia a couple may be legally separated but only a divorce actually ends a marriage. To file for divorce in Georgia you must have lived in the state for 6 months. The divorce action must be filed in the county where the defendant lives. There is a 31 day cooling off period required after the defendant is notified before a divorce can be granted. Divorce can be a jury trial.

Getting Married in Georgia ,Requirements for the state of: Georgia

Generally, both applicants must apply in person together, but there may be exceptions to this requirement.

You can obtain a license at the County Probate Court.

Both applicants must be at least 18 years old to obtain a marriage license. With parental or guardian consent, the male must be at least 16 years old and the female must be at least 16 years old. Parental or guardian consent generally must be provided in person but there may be exceptions.

If either applicant has been married before, you are required to bring Proof of Dissolution.

There is no waiting period..

Once the unsigned license is issued it is valid indefinitely.

The unsigned license is good throughout the state.

The cost of a license varies from around $30.00 to $65.00.

SPECIAL NOTE: If you are under 18 years old you must pay an extra dollar for your license and you have a 3 day waiting period.

My Opinion/Findings

Shay Williams (Garrett) marriage to Reggie Garrett is void by Georgia law. Williams can not use or take Reggie Garrets last name until he is legally divorced from Candace Bush. Even if Bush separated from her husband June 2008, by Georgia law they are not legally divorced since separation does not end marriage. Furthermore, seven (7) years without contact has not lapsed for Garrett to seek a divorce from the courts.

In your posting about Bush you state, ..I assured her that we would have never gotten married while knowing that they were still legally married on paper. I explained to her that her ex-husband, my current husband filed for divorce over a year and a half ago after SHE left him and took their son to another state with out his knowledge. The attorney he hired failed to file the proper paper work to officially dissolve the marriage on the grounds of abandonment. Evidently there is an extra step that must be taken when a spouse abandons the other spouse and a child is involved. How where you able to get married in the first place without a marriage license? In Georgia, you must obtain a license at the Probate Court before any ceremony. If married before you also must submit a Proof of Dissolution.

SO my question isDid you file a license before or after you had a ceremony? I have researched the vital records of Georgia and do not see a married license in either Garrett or Williams name. With this information I assume 1.) Reggie knew he was legally married and did not bother to tell Williams 2.) You both knew he was legally married and did not care. Its very shocking that a professed relationship counselor would not do her own background check or follow the requirement/law before getting married. Reggie Garrett also filed his divorce in September 2009, which was after the frivolous wedding ceremony date for Reggie Bernard Garrett and Shay Williams (wedding video is posted on several sites so you can just Google it!)

 In addition to your lack of knowledge or disregard to the processes of Georgia Marriage law, you quote several bible scriptures to condone your idiosyncrasies. Williams states Although we have hired another (qualified) attorney to complete the dissolution of his previous marriage on paper, we recognize ourselves to be married in the eyes of God and society. In our hearts, minds and spirits we are married and believe that a Covenant is made between a man/woman and God not man/woman and state. In our spiritual beliefs a divorce occurs per 1 Corinthians 7:15 when a non-believing spouse abandons the other. In the quoted text Williams contradicts her self with stating we recognize ourselves to be married in the eyes of God and society and then states, In our hearts, minds and spirits we are married and believe that a Covenant is made between a man/woman and God not man/woman and state. Williams, society and state are the same thing! So if you believe you are married in the eyes of god and society you are agreeing you are married in the name of God and state! Furthermore, in Romans 13: 1-5 1 Obey the government, for God is the one who put it there. All governments have been placed in power by God. 2 So those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow. 3 for the authorities do not frighten people who are doing right, but they frighten those who do wrong. So do what they say, and you will get along well. 4 The authorities are sent by God to help you. But if you are doing something wrong, of course you should be afraid, for you will be punished. The authorities are established by God for that very purpose, to punish those who do wrong. 5 So you must obey the government for two reasons: to keep from being punished and to keep a clear conscience.

You can not go around breaking rules and using bible verses to justify your wrongs. God wants us to obey the laws of the land. And by the laws of the land state that you are not Garrett wife!!! No matter what Candace Bush ill feeling against her husband Reggie Garrett; Shay Williams is married to a bigamist and living in bigamy, additionally she is not married to Reggie Garrett.

Lessons Learned:

1.) File a Marriage License before the ceremony. It is required in all 50 states.

2.) If you were previously married, please provide marriage dissolution along with marriage license.

3.) You can be punished too, if you marry a bigamist

4.) A background check on your significant other will not hurt. Maybe Shay Williams was given false information about Garrett. *Reggie Garrett was incarcerated for not paying child support for another child he has :(

This was a great exercise for me to use my law on a real issue. Ive attached supporting documents for others that would like to give their opinion on Bigamy in 2010.

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#3 REBUTTAL Individual responds

Candace Bush attacked by Shay Williams

AUTHOR: Really Appalled - (United States of America)

I would first like to say that this is my first statement to be posted on Rip Off Report.  I thought Rip Off Report was supposed to be a forum for consumers to report mistreatment in a business setting by either corporations, companies, or individuals selling products or services.  I did not realize it was a forum to attack people on a personal level.  I am not selling any goods or services.  I do not own a company, yet I find myself under attack on this site.  Be that as it may, I will respond to a few things stated. 

I do not have Ms. William's phone number so I have never called her or threatened her. I am not attacking her family.  Since we have never talked, she has not tried to "reason with me" or "encourage me" to do anything.  She states that I left the state of Georgia over year ago. Yet on Monday, 12-21-2009, she testified in open court, under oath, that she did not know how long I had been gone.

My marriage is not a technicality as she states.  Perhaps she would not have gotten married if she had done her research as a "dating expert", but Mr. Garrett was fully aware of the situation.  Having an attorney contact me two days (8-27-09) before your wedding to Ms. Williams, to dissolve ours, is not a technicality.  I remind everyone that divorce is public record.  The case between myself and Mr. Garrett was filed in Gwinnett County Superior Court:  09A-08264-2.  Note the filing dates.  I am not obsessed with anyone.

Ms. Williams is someone who sells products and services, so if a consumer has an opinion about her, than Rip Off Report is the correct forum to vent it.  I have no control over this fact.

I too am "more than willing to use the legal system to settle any and all imbalances".

Thank you,

Candace Bush  






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