FILE In this Nov. 19, 2012 file photo, 45-year old office manager Irene Gonzalez of Spain stands by her front door while she waits to be evicted from her home, in Madrid. Irene Gonzale

 

              FILE In this Nov. 19, 2012 file photo, 45-year old office manager Irene Gonzalez of Spain stands by her front door while she waits to be evicted from her home,  in Madrid. Irene Gonzale
FILE In this Nov. 19, 2012 file photo, 45-year old office manager Irene Gonzalez of Spain stands by her front door while she waits to be evicted from her home, in Madrid. Irene Gonzalez is a domestic violence victim, works half-time because of layoffs at her air conditioning employer and is a single mother caring for her two children at the small apartment she and her ex-husband bought during Spain's economic boom years. These factors that should prevent her from being kicked out under a new Spanish decree aimed at protecting the needy from being made homeless after at least two economically desperate Spaniards facing eviction committed suicide. Even if Gonzalez manages to stay in her home for a few more years, she still faces debt in unpaid mortgage principle, court fees and interest totaling close to euro140,000 that she and her ex-husband will owe for the rest of their lives. If they don't pay it off, their children inherit it. After putting in place the decree, Spain is now under increasing pressure to come up with a first-of-its kind insolvency law for the country that would allow mortgage debtors to turn in their keys and face limited liability. (AP Photo/Paul White)