In tonight's installment, our story diverges again. Our divorce protagonist
is still looking for the right firm. To read part III(b),
Two firms down, one to go. You are tired. Tired of your story. Tired of
the mess your life is in. Maybe even tired of your life. All you know
for sure now is that you miss your kids.
You find the address and pull into the parking lot, noticing how close
the firm is to the court house. "That can't hurt," you think
Inside, you are greeted and offered the sofa. The receptionist hands you
the intake questionaire. You are told that your attorney will be right
with you. Soon after you've returned the questionaire to the receptionist,
you are greeted by your attorney. "Come on back to my office."
In the office, nicely appointed, you tell your story. You are weary. The
story has become basic, all personal interest removed. Your attorney listens,
makes some notes. When you've finished, the attorney asks some follow
up, clarifies a few things to make sure they've got it right.
"Something isn't fitting here," the attorney tells you. "There
is more here that you don't know. People don't just up and do
this. There's a plan involved and my bet is that it has been in the
works for a good while."
You reitterate that you had no idea it was coming, it was so sudden. "Blitzkrieg,"
says the attorney. "An old and reliable strategy. She's been
getting ready for the battle long before you even knew there was a war."
"I know this opposing counsel. Good attorney. Good in the sense that
he knows what he's doing and his abilities should be respected. I
know the Judge. Fair. Follows the law but just as importantly, knows how
family law works. He's seen thousands of cases on the bench. Given
what I think is going on, that should work for you."
"What we would do is file your Answer and Counterclaim immediately
and ask for a Rule Nisi, a temporary hearing. It will take about a month
for that to come up. That's a long time to go without seeing your
kids so we'll work on that, but regardless of how Opposing Counsel
handles that issue, it will work for you."
"What about my finances?" you ask.
"It will all be made right, but the issue is when is it ripe to make
it right," your attorney responds. "How do you get paid?"
"By check, not direct deposit. I get paid at the end of this week."
"Open a new account with only your name. Put your check in there.
Talk to your bank about an immediate credit card so you've got some
"Judges like their schedules," your attorney explains. "We
want to do things within the judge's schedule, not make them jump
through our hoops. We could ask for an emergency hearing for all of this,
but you are far from certain to get one under these facts. Emergency hearings
are used for children in dire risk of harm. We seek an emergency hearing
and not only do we start your case with a big, fat 'no' from the
Judge, but we've also burned energy and a fair bit of money to an
"Use your money very wisely," advises your attorney. "What
your wife has done, she has done. She can't change that and she doesn't
look good for it. We will find out what she is up to. We'll try to
get your divorce to make more sense so that you wind up with a much more
reasonable outcome, one you can live with."
You like this attorney. You like this firm. No drama. No fuss. Common sense
talk. Effective. You want to hire them.
"Sleep on it," your attorney recommends. "Talk to your friends
or family. See if I make as much sense tomorrow. If I do, then hire us.
You are making a big decision. Don't rush it."
You thank the attorney for their time. You leave feeling more in control
and less stressed out. You feel like you are coming out of the dark hole
your wife threw you in and you are pleasantly surprised to learn that
you don't have to play her hateful game to see this divorce through.
The next morning, you call the firm bright and early to retain. While it
is not yet all good, it is certainly much better.
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