Sometimes happiness comes under the most unexpected of circumstances.

Our Day in Court

Posted: September 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: challenges | Tags: , | 22 Comments »

Oh God he´s drinking again!

You know if I leave you now,

It doesn’t mean that I love you any less.

Sarah McLachlan (and Warren Zevon)

My ex and I split up 6 years ago and have handled all of our arrangements on our own, yet we hadn’t dealt with the legal formalities. Today, we went to court to finalize the dissolution of our marriage, and frankly, I was quite shaken by how combative and painful it was. There were motions to have the children assigned their own legal representation, quarrels over unpaid medical expenses, and questions about the fairness of the separation agreement. I had no idea that it would come to this.

Thankfully, those unpleasant moments had nothing to do with our divorce. Instead, we were forced to sit in on two other proceedings that happened before ours. It was like being dumped into someone’s private soap operas, and unfortunately, we learned their names, addresses, and much more unsavory personal information about them. We sat there together in shock, as I put my hand on his leg and he grabbed it and held it. Not only were we horrified by the nasty disagreements between a couple that had been divorced for years, but we were also instantly grateful for the cooperation that exists between us.

The next couple was much sweeter. The wife teared up in the beginning and was concerned that her hard of hearing husband couldn’t understand the judge’s questions. Nevertheless, the judge started asking them tough questions about their legal agreement, and we started to worry about the details of our own. Personally, I hadn’t expected to be grilled about our decisions. They were personal ones that made sense to us.

When she finally called us up there, we were the only couple left in the courtroom. She said, “Well, you’ve had a chance to see how this works.” We both laughed nervously. Luckily for us, she smiled kindly and sailed smoothly through our agreement. She seemed to be convinced that we had made sensible arrangements, partly due to the way that we had interacted in the courtroom, plus our long term separation and our use of a legal mediator to write up the agreement. We were quite relieved.

When she came to our agreement to share the children’s medical expenses, I told her that we didn’t plan to come back to court to fight over that. My ex chimed in and said that we could make decisions about braces without the help of a judge (unlike the first couple). She laughed and said, “It all comes down to communication.” When she approved our agreement, my ex asked me for a hug. She smiled widely and said “Keep up that attitude.”

What we saw in that courtroom had quite an impact on us. I was really sad, but not because I was divorcing, but because I had seen such animosity between divorced parents. Yet, of course, there was also a sense of lament at the formal end of our marriage. We looked at each other tearfully, hugged again, and I said, “We just officially saw that we did a good job.” He replied, “We’re still doing a good job.”  I couldn’t agree with him more.

Enter Your Mail Address

22 Comments on “Our Day in Court”

  1. 1 Adrienne said at 5:43 pm on September 3rd, 2013:

    My parents divorced after my brother and I were both out of the house – they had stayed together “for our sake” for quite a while…another subject for a different day. It took them 7 (seven!!) years to settle the financial matters between them. And by financial matters, I just mean who is taking on most of the debt. To this day it’s impossible to get into a long conversation of any substance with my mother that something negative about my dad is not shared…so here we are 30 (yes, I said thirty!) years later…it’s insane. I’m always moved by your heart…and the determination and honesty with which you and your ex navigate these tricky waters.
    Adrienne recently posted..For the love of purple…

  2. 2 T said at 6:07 pm on September 3rd, 2013:

    That just makes me sad too. Sad for the children of these parents.

    Y’all keep doing what you’re doing.

    T recently posted..When the Ex Remarries and You Become the Scapegoat

  3. 3 Denise said at 7:32 pm on September 3rd, 2013:

    Wow…how very different, but altogether similar to my “official” divorce. Like you two, we had been separated for 6 years, had agreed on everything in our separation agreement and it was simply about the paperwork. A few months before the official divorce, my ex called me to say he was moving forward with it. That was my heads up. Ours was so amicable that I got a served with paperwork, signed the paperwork and about a month later got a notice in the mail with the official divorce papers. We decided it was so “uneventful” that we didn’t even tell our teen daughter until 2 years later when it came up in conversation. While it was probably wrong not to tell her, we felt her life hadn’t changed since we separated and didn’t want to make it a big deal. And it really wasn’t for her. After the initial shock of “my parents are divorced and no longer separated” she adjusted fine. Lines of communication have always been open.

    So very different from others I know, who fight it out in court for years and what you witnessed is so much more painful.

    I prefer your way and mine. Best of luck. Miss your blog.

  4. 4 Molly Monet said at 8:13 pm on September 3rd, 2013:

    Thanks, gals. I realize that it was a great learning moment for us both, as we now have witnessed what happens when communication does break down. It’s a reminder for us to keep working together!

  5. 5 Family Law West Palm Beach said at 1:45 pm on October 22nd, 2013:

    Thanks for the great and insightful post Molly. The more a couple can work on a level-headed manner during the divorce the less the emotional damage occurs to everyone involved. Showing respect for your ex is also showing respect for yourself, and everyone including your kids, notice and appreciate that.

  6. 6 Sam said at 10:18 am on October 30th, 2013:

    Maybe they should have had you two go first so you could set a good example!
    Sam recently posted..Turning 30

  7. 7 Bibika@Fixed Price Divorces said at 4:45 pm on December 3rd, 2013:

    The thing that made most impact in your divorce is probably the fact that you have had a legal mediator in your communication. I believe engaging a mediator in the whole divorce process make a hell of a difference. People just have the time sit down and talk before they actually go their separate ways.
    Or maybe it is that you are a different kind of people, divorcing under different circumstances…
    Bibika@Fixed Price Divorces recently posted..Why DIY is not the way for Divorce

  8. 8 Family Mediation Service said at 7:56 am on January 2nd, 2014:

    That’s it, i agree with the previous comment. You have had the time and all the help you could get to go through your divorce the better way. The divorce practice should be managed by rules and not to allow people to rush into divorce just like that.
    Family Mediation Service recently posted..Dispute Resolution in Swindon Barclay DeVere

  9. 9 Fixed Price Divorce Services said at 8:06 am on January 2nd, 2014:

    Really does depend if this other couple has used some good lawyers and some divorce services at all.Their lawyers should have advised them how to get through the divorce easier and better.
    Fixed Price Divorce Services recently posted..Why DIY is not the way for Divorce

  10. 10 CPA Evolution Review said at 4:00 pm on August 12th, 2014:

    Remarkable things here. I am very happy to peer your post.
    Thanks so much and I am having a look forward to contact you.
    Will you kindly drop me a mail?
    CPA Evolution Review recently posted..CPA Evolution Review

  11. 11 photography jackson mi said at 6:24 pm on August 12th, 2014:

    This design is incredible! You obviously know how to keep a reader amused.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved
    to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job.

    I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you
    presented it. Too cool!

    Here is my web site – photography jackson mi
    photography jackson mi recently jackson mi

  12. 12 cosmetic dentistry tampa said at 4:21 pm on August 16th, 2014:

    I know this website presents quality depending posts and other stuff, is there any
    other web site which provides these kinds of data in quality?

    my web page cosmetic dentistry tampa
    cosmetic dentistry tampa recently posted..cosmetic dentistry tampa

  13. 13 tiles, floor tiles, kitchen tiles, walls and floorings, wall tiles, mosaic ceramic tiles, ceramic tile, cooking area floor tiles, slate tiles, quarry ceramic tiles said at 6:50 pm on August 16th, 2014:

    Hi, I desire to subscribe for this blog to obtaijn most recent updates,
    therefore where ccan i do it please help out.
    tiles, floor tiles, kitchen tiles, walls and floorings, wall tiles, mosaic ceramic tiles, ceramic tile, cooking area floor tiles, slate tiles, quarry ceramic tiles recently posted..tiles, floor tiles, kitchen tiles, walls and floorings, wall tiles, mosaic ceramic tiles, ceramic tile, cooking area floor tiles, slate tiles, quarry ceramic tiles

  14. 14 free consultation lawyers said at 9:50 pm on August 16th, 2014:

    What a material of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious experience about unexpected emotions.

    My webpage :: free consultation lawyers
    free consultation lawyers recently consultation lawyers

  15. 15 Magnetic Sponsoring this site said at 10:14 pm on August 16th, 2014:

    moreover, revolutionized how the business of MLM is conducted.
    This process allows you to make money from people even if
    they don’t join your main business, it’s very powerful indeed.

    He has lately partnered with a few infamous web marketers and put together a salty “excessive-end” MLM advertising product
    referred to as MLM Traffic Formula.

    My blog … Magnetic Sponsoring this site
    Magnetic Sponsoring this site recently posted..Magnetic Sponsoring this site

  16. 16 dee why fitness personal training said at 10:48 pm on August 16th, 2014:

    After looking at a few of the articles on your web
    site, I seriously appreciate your way of blogging.
    I book-marked it to my bookmark website list and
    will be checking back in the near future. Please check out my web site as well and let me know what you

    Here is my site dee why fitness personal training
    dee why fitness personal training recently posted..dee why fitness personal training

  17. 17 dlj mortgage capital inc houston tx said at 8:14 pm on August 21st, 2014:

    Fantastic blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own blog soon but
    I’m a little lost on everything. Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress
    or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that
    I’m totally overwhelmed .. Any ideas? Thanks a lot!

    Here is my blog – dlj mortgage capital inc houston tx
    dlj mortgage capital inc houston tx recently posted..dlj mortgage capital inc houston tx

  18. 18 is the easy hangout blueprint a scam? said at 5:24 am on August 23rd, 2014:

    Hi my family member! I wish to say that this article is amazing,
    nice written and come with approximately all significant infos.
    I’d like to look extra posts like this .

    Have a look at my weblog: is the easy hangout blueprint a scam?
    is the easy hangout blueprint a scam? recently the easy hangout blueprint a scam?

  19. 19 percy priest pontoon rental said at 9:44 pm on August 24th, 2014:

    Hello to every one, the contents present at this site are genuinely
    remarkable for people experience, well, keep up the nice
    work fellows.

    Here is my web page percy priest pontoon rental
    percy priest pontoon rental recently posted..percy priest pontoon rental

  20. 20 used tires spring hill said at 8:03 pm on August 25th, 2014:

    Asking questions are genuinely fastidious thing if you are not understanding anything totally, except this post presents fastidious
    understanding even.

    Here is my webpage: used tires spring hill
    used tires spring hill recently posted..used tires spring hill

  21. 21 Patrick Fragel Attorney said at 12:30 am on August 29th, 2014:

    Why visitors still use to read news papers when in this technological globe all is accessible on net?
    Patrick Fragel Attorney recently posted..Patrick Fragel Attorney

  22. 22 scottsdale dui attorney az: learn more about it here said at 1:30 pm on September 1st, 2014:

    Wonderful beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your site, how can i subscribe
    for a weblog web site? The account helped me
    a appropriate deal. I were a little bit familiar of this
    your broadcast provided vivid clear idea
    scottsdale dui attorney az: learn more about it here recently posted..scottsdale dui attorney az: learn more about it here

Leave a Reply

  • CommentLuv badge