In tonight's alternate universe, our protagonist has hired the third
firm for his divorce. To read part III(c),
The firm works fast. By the end of the first day they have sent you an
Answer to review. It looks fine. You tell them so.
The next morning, only a few days after you were served the Complaint,
they file your Answer and schedule a Rule Nisi for the Judge's first
available date in early-October. They also send out formal questions and
demands for documents that your wife will have to answer and produce.
That afternoon, they also send a letter to your wife's attorney seeking
time with your children. "After all," they write, "both
of these parents have equal rights to the children. Rather than engage
in a child snatching battle, we should come to some arrangement for visitation.
If we don't hear from you by tomorrow, we will assume you do not want
to work this out. That won't end well for anyone."
Your attorney advises you to go have lunch with your eight year old and
your five year old at their school the next day.
Your wife's attorney fires back with a letter soon after your lunch.
"He is scaring the children by showing up for lunch. They don't
want to see him. He is prone to rage-filled outbursts. Your client cannot
visit with the children until we agree upon a supervisor. Also, he must
provide support for his family. He is the only one with an income."
"Outbursts? Never," you tell your attorneys. Maybe once when
she slammed the laptop lid down on my fingers. I was about to check my
bank balance. But that was several weeks ago." "Hmm," your
attorney intones. "How does she act around her cell phone?"
"She never leaves it alone. She even carries it to the bathroom.
"Do you have the password?" your attorney asks. "No way,"
you say. "She says it is a part of her boundary." Your attorney
asks a few more pointed questions.
Your attorney writes back immediately, "Please identify any witnesses
to these outbursts. Please provide us with any police reports. Regarding
support, your client absconded with all of the family's money. Can
you tell us what she has done with it? Again, we need to hear back from
you by tomorrow."
Tomorrow comes. "The police were never called to the residence. No
one but the children and our client witnessed his rages. As a matter of
safety, our client removed the money from the family's account and
has it safely secured in a new account under her own name."
Your attorneys immediately reply: "With no witnesses and no reports,
you have no basis to demand a supervisor. The Judge wouldn't grant
it." Your attorney offers a visitation schedule. "Further, our
client will pay child support beginning next month when he gets paid again.
For temporary support, we will consent to your client using the marital
funds she took to pay normal household bills, over and above that which
the child support would cover. We will require an accounting."
Your attorneys advise you to go have lunch with your eight year old and
and your five year old again.
Pretty quickly, a visitation schedule is ironed out. It isn't close
to what you want but it is something for the time being, until Court in
The Court date arrives. The calendar is called. Your wife's attorney
announces two hours. Your attorney announces, "30 minutes. Judge,
we've worked some issues out, but if we could just have a few minutes
with you in a pre-trial conference, we could probably work out a few more."
The Judge brings the attorneys back into his chambers.
They emerge. The Judge has expressed that he would thinks you should see
your kids every other weekend from Friday evening until Tuesday morning
when you would drop them off at school and back home. You have a special
set hearing date for mid-November for the two and a half hour temporary
hearing your wife's attorney still claims she needs.
It's not everything. But you see some progress. You see some light
at the end of the tunnel.
You begin to feel that you might survive this divorce after all.
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