STBX moving back into the home and me leaving would be the worst of all possible scenarios. Forget about my emotions:
If you recall:
She moved out. The kids were distraught.
She moved back in, telling the kids mommy will never leave again. The kids are overjoyed.
She moved back out. The kids are shattered.
Finally they have become accustomed to living with daddy in the home. (He never left.)
So: Mommy moves back in and DADDY leaves?? No way. If she fights for that situation? I will file for a forced sale of the home. There is no way in hell our kids will be put through that.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
Talk to your lawyer...but if you think there may be any way she may want the house, then maybe keeping it, getting the divorce done with the house in your name only...then moving in 1 year may work better? Check with your lawyer if you want to make sure she doesn't just move back and do what you don't want done to your kids.
WH says marriage is over: May 15, 2009.
EA#2 July 20, 2009. Legally sep: Aug 16, 2009. DIVORCED!!!! Signed Nov 23, final Dec 24, 2010, adultery listed.
The odds of her being awarded possession of the home at this point probably approach nil. She has her own place already. However, if your intentions to move were prematurely disclosed, she could make the argument that she would move back into the home to help preserve a stable environment for the kids.
If she doesn't know, it would be kind of hard for her to make the argument. Doesn't mean plans can't change later.
Actually the best bet is get possession of the house, get the divorce, then sell the house and find your new place. Cuts her out of any input to what you are doing. (Plus the added benefit is she will hate not having any control).
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^^^^^^ This is my vote.
You've given your lawyer aist of things to fight for - don't change that strategy yet. Let her find another place to live in January. I would keep your plans secret till you are divorced. The marital home will be significant in the settlement. She how that plays out in your divorce. She may force you to move.... It's good you're looking at options and are feeling good about them.
Just don't give her anything to further hurt you with. Crushing more of your dreams will weaken you, she wants you weak.
When you have exclusive use/ownership of he home then announce your plans.
One hurdle at a time. And moving with kids is a hurdle. Please don't add to your pile of stressors just now. If she gets wind that you've been looking at houses, she will reach a new level of crazy. The kids and you do not need any more crazy.
My attorney informs me that, with regard to time-sharing, STBX will likely settle at "Model plus one" which is two overnights per week and every other weekend. I spoke to a friend and she assures me that this is 50/50.
And she wants to list the house ASAP. (I don't know why the rush and don't trust her. I suspect it's because she doesn't want to be paying me SS to enable me to live in this home, which is above my financial means.)
Friends, I am so utterly emotionally drained. I am starting to think, "Just settle at 50/50, get minimal CS, no SS, whatever. Sell the house and start my new life."
I hate to sound defeatist, but I just want this over.
BTW, her attorney cannot get in touch with her and thus we STILL don't have a hearing for Temporary Relief. I am financially bleeding out, we have no schedule, and she comes in the house at will."
Her attorney also challenged that STBX's pregnancy is relevant.
two overnights per week and every other weekend
This would be ok given her work situation IF:
1) you insist on getting first right of refusal written into the settlement and
2) the days are also specified in the agreement so she cannot change them at her will
She currently travels for work most weeks so will not be able to take the weekdays most weeks. And she gets every other weekend instead of every weekend. If she changes her work schedule and is able to take the weekdays then that will be a positive for the kids because they will get some time with their mother and a positive for you because you will not be the only parent doing the hard part of parenting like homework and bedtimes.
Stay strong. You can get thru this. I know it is emotionally devastating but quitting now is not an option.
In any case, she tried to get me to commit to skipping the Temporary Relief hearing, but I just said I won't discuss it. She wants to skip to a global settlemen and demanded I give her "a list of what I want." I told her everything is in my Petition and we together with our attorneys will negotiate a settlement.
She indicated she would drop her claim for sole power of attorney over the kids' medical decisions, explaining this was a response to my claim that she can't handle the kids for more than brief periods of time. (So much for her conviction that I am mentally incapacitated; she basically admitted that she knows this is not the case. This is why I do not trust her one bit. She just makes shit up knowing full well it's a lie.)
She again expressed her strong desire that we sell the house as she is "struggling" financially. Struggling at over 100k. I told her I am discussing options with my attorney and told her to do the same--and to communicate with her attorney so we may move toward a resolution. She says she doesn't have the time that her attorney requires of her due to her job.
I also told her to please keep in mind that when Child Support and Alimony are discussed, that this money is not going to me, but to our children. This seemed to finally hit home and she nodded.
It was a lot of "woe is me, I have to work so hard and I can't afford anything."
I still want that temporary relief hearing. The fact that I came home and found her curled up on the couch is only part of it. This can end up dragging on despite her claim that she wants to settle everything.
I know, I shouldn't have engaged, but it was a calm "normal" conversation.
But of course now I am emotionally wrecked being with her alone. (Yes, I had my VAR going the whole time.)
Oh, I forgot to include this gem: She looked longingly at my new washing machine and said mournfully, "I don't even have a washing machine."
Uh... First of all, you do. There is one at your apartment complex. Second of all, you CHOSE to move to a place that has none in the apartment. Third, you CHOSE, you CHOSE, you CHOSE. All of it has been of your choosing.
No remorse, no responsibility. Nothing. Never.
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"But you said your vows, and you closed the door
On so many men who would have loved you more" -Cath, DCFC
"The most amazing things can come from some terrible lies"
I think if you change the locks her lawyer would be hearing from her fairly quickly.
That bitch is batshit crazy.
Hold the course AD. Carry that recorder with you and try not to be alone with her anymore.
I would walk out if she was in the house and call your lawyer.
If she shows up one day on one of her aggressive upswings, you could be hauled in for a false DV incident.
Now is the time to be very very very careful. I hope you have your computer and all other communication devices on lockdown.
Let your attorney know that you are not going to wait anymore and what can she do to push this forward. Knowing that your wife is stalling. And just know if it is bleeding you financially it is bleeding her too, so the sooner the better.
And keep that VAR with you at all times. I have a feeling it will be invaluable to you one day to help you use it as a chip to end this all, she is going to say or do something that will be the straw that breaks the camels back. Its coming.
AD, she is just annoying and blatantly obvious, isn't she? She doesn't have *time* for her attorney, but she's got *time* to sit her ass in your house and cuddle with the dogs???? That would have pissed me off......
In my effort to be *concise*, I often come off as blunt and harsh. Sorry, don't mean to be offensive.
Anyway, the rest of the split seems ok. Hope it went well this am. I realize I'm probably whistling past the graveyard here, but I can hope for your sake.
What was the historic split? How much time did you actually have the vs her?
And there is the rub. Everything goes by overnights, not by time spent with each parent. If over the past year the overnights were averaged, then yes--it would likely come out to roughly 50/50. Maybe a little higher in my favor.
But her overnights have begun anywhere from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM for typically three nights--sometimes four.
But if you calculate the actual number of hours spent with the children, well then, I am with them typically forty hours a week--Monday through Friday, doing all the "grunt work" (homework, laundry, cooking, taking them to and from school, play dates, school events, etc.).
(To say nothing of the numerous times I have had to come get my son, as well as her common practice of pawning off the kids on babysitters and friends so she can be with her AP.)
I don't know, again I am having a sinking feeling I will not get anything more than 50/50 and even when (when, not if) she doesn't abide by this, it will be difficult to get it changed.
She is batshit Fnuts. I would have come uncorked if I'd have walked in and found a STBX on my couch just hanging out. You did amazingly well. she is just trying to twist your knobs, and work you, and you are giving her nothing, I bet she is so frustrated she goes home and screams at OM. LOL Lucky SOB that he is... I wouldn't be surprised to see him show up on your doorstep one day soon begging you to take her back.
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