Friday, August 05, 2005

My walking papers

I am now divorced. I just got the divorce decree in the mail today. It said:
Date marital or domestic partnership status end: AUG 01 2005
Another sheet said that my notification date was AUG 03 2005. It was stamped by Alex Calvo and Sarah Wood. I guess they work for the court.

I don't know why it took so long. My wife, er ex-wife now, filed for divorce in Oct. 2003. There is a statute about waiting 6 months, but there is no good reason to wait longer.

My guess is that the court likes to withhold finalizing the divorce as a way of pressuring us into a child custody and financial settlement.

What surprised me was that my ex-wife was not more eager to finalize the divorce. I would have thought that she would have wanted to legitimize her adultery. I guess that she'll now tell the kids that she has a boyfriend, and that there was a reason why they've been sleeping over at his house on a regular basis.

I was also surprised at the "domestic partnership" language. Sign of the times, I guess.

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