Divorce Court: Final Today?
I believe that today is the day that my daughter's divorce will be final. There is a hearing at 9 a.m. She will not be there, though her attorney and her "ex-" will be, as he is acting pro se.
Things did not go well for him a couple of weeks ago, when the judge gave her ruling. Of course, his attitude did not help him. I have not told much and will not do so, though I might share a little bit at a later date. Suffice it to say that there were contempt charges, sanctions, and scoldings that were well-deserved. Unfortunately, he sees them all as reason to open his mouth, and continue his crap.
He has stirred up evenmore crap in the last two and a half weeks, and he will continue to do so, given his patterns. My daughter is in for a tough few years ahead, but at least this first part will be done, and I hope she has realized that this is the beginning of her standing up and not being afraid to put a stop to his shenanigans.
Though some do will not agree, I am going to make the drive up there for the hearing to sit in back of the courtroom. After all the years that my intuition about him was spot-on (I will not say the obvious), having the satisfaction to hear the Court come down on him is worth it to me.
I just wish he would look at me. Just once. He has avoided making any eye contact with me the three days I was in the courtroom during the trial.
It would be poetic justice to watch him get snarky (again) with the Judge, and have her hold him in contempt (again), but this time, toss him in jail for a few days for doing so. (I can hope, right? I know, I know...)
Though the divorce was not final before her 40th birthday, which was yesterday (17th), knowing that she is moving beyond the challenges she has faced the past 20+ years, and (I hope) better-equipped to handle the next 20 years, is what I wish most for her.
Well, if I am going to catch the ferry to get me across the water and then drive north in time to make the 9 a.m. hearing, I better get up and going. I shall check in later on this evening.
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