Sleepless in Divorce: The chapters that were never made into a movie – Chapter 6

Melody Z. RichardsonCustody, Divorce, Divorce Process, Melody Richardson

It took the court six months after the 120-Day Status Conference for the Court to find three consecutive days to set aside for the trial. The day of trial arrived, and we were ready to proceed. When we arrived in the courtroom, we asked the judge for a pre-trial conference in one final effort to try to settle the case. … Read More

Sleepless in Divorce: The chapters that were never made into a movie – Chapter 5

Melody Z. RichardsonCustody, Divorce, Divorce Process, Melody Richardson

Sam had provided all of the discovery responses, and the depositions had been completed. From Sam’s testimony at his deposition, I learned what Sam perceived Annie’s flaws to be and how he thought she had contributed to the end of their marriage. Sam decided not to exercise his privilege against self-incrimination, and testified about his numerous affairs. Annie was extremely … Read More

Sleepless in Divorce: The chapters that were never made into a movie – Chapter 3

Melody Z. RichardsonCustody, Divorce, Divorce Process, Melody Richardson

Since Annie wanted to file for divorce right away, we drafted a complaint for divorce for her to review. We convinced her to allege in the complaint that the marriage was irretrievably broken rather than to allege she wanted a divorce because of Sam’s adultery. We thought that would both protect their children from learning about the affair and keep … Read More

Sleepless in Divorce: The chapters that were never made into a movie – Chapter 2

Melody Z. RichardsonCustody, Divorce, Divorce Process, Melody Richardson

Read Chapter 1 “I’m so angry, and I’m terrified. It’s impossible for anyone to get a job in the newspaper business anymore, and I haven’t worked in 20 years. What am I going to do? And you know what else? Sam doesn’t even want a divorce. He wants us to go to counseling again.” We talked a little bit about … Read More