We've been living apart since Aug 2013. We have a workable visitation schedule in place. I'm not opposed to joint legal custody as long as I have physical custody. We don't really have any assets, and we agree to split our debts 50/50. Our house in going into foreclosure, and we've talked about how to split and dispose of household property. STBXH is willing to pay CS and Maintenance for me up to a total of 45-50% of his net income.
I retained a L and filed on Sep 5th. STBXH has also retained a L, who has filed an appearance, and answer. (I haven't seen it yet).
Our first case management date before the court is Dec 5th. I'd like to have everything ironed out and ready to present to the judge by then. Is this feasible?
My L said something about 'sending us to mediation.' Is there anything wrong with us working out details ahead of time and then having one of the lawyers write it up?
Any advice from the wise sages of SI would be appreciated.
Two steps forward and one step backwards, is still progress.
Also, I would try to get get it in the divorce papers that there are no overnights with gf. This has saved my sanity as my XWH is with a SA. They see nothing wrong with 3 teenagers sharing a living room on overnights. The SA he is with would do anyone, including my handsome 16 son. - in our state the age of consent is 16 unless it is with a teacher or minister, then it's a crime.
So, good luck to you!
However, one note of caution, my XSAWH and I have a good relationship the first few months of separation. However, when the divorce became "real" to him he went into his addiction full force, which included exceptional cruelty to me. If he is still active in his addiction, then keep in mind that that is where addicts go in times of stress. Just telling you to be prepared in case he suddenly reverses
"In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate." - Asimov
"Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you." - Ovid
Be happy with what you have while you work for what you want - Hellen Keller
As long as nothing seems unduly punitive to either party, a judge will easily accept whatever you have agreed upon.
I think part of the reason STBXH wants things to go fast is that he has possible sex offender charges hanging over his head. Once he's charged with that, there's no chance in hell he'll get visitation, not to mention joint custody. (We think the cops are currently waiting for him to f/u again so they can show a "pattern of behavior".) The only reason I care is that he can't pay us support if he's in jail, plus it's better for the kids.
In my state we are able to prepare our own paperwork with court provided forms. I did my homework first to know what I would likely get anyway. I chose to be cordial with POS for the sole purpose of speeding the process and getting him to agree to what I want before I knew the winds would change. I got those papers in August, filed, and our final hearing is less than a week away. Since I filed, and got what I wanted, I have gone totally dark on POS (total NC). As expected, now that he is shacked up with OW3 he is trying to change his mind, but it is too late and I just laugh and have not responded to any of his insane tirades. Being cordial and pushing the D through was a strategic move on my part, and worked.
[This message edited by Phoenix1 at 9:39 PM, October 13th (Sunday)]
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