Trying To Get DivorcedWhen I started the divorce process, it was supposed to be a simple disillusionment. Then I got the settlement terms from my wife's lawyer. They were asking for what amounted to over 80% of my net income. Five hundred of that amount was for the support of our son. When my stbx realized she could not live with our son I was granted custody but the amount of support asked for was not decreased to compensate me for having custody, they just didn't ask me for the 500 they originally asked for.
That was over six months ago and all we have done since then is run up legal bills by trading emails and phone calls between our lawyers. Their support request, remained the same. With the 500 support for my son removed, they now were only asking for 74% of my net income. When I explained to them, through my lawyer, that if you take the 500 a month they were asking for my son's support off of the 26% of my net income that remained and then took off just the mortgage payment, I was left with negative income.
A couple of weeks ago I received a summons asking for me to appear for a hearing on a legal separation. They are asking for the same amount of support for a separation that they have been asking for a divorce for the last six months. Why would I agree to those terms for a separation when I could have gotten a divorce with those terms? I am sure no judge would order me to give up 74% of my net income so what is the point?
Are all divorces like this???