I finally had the papers served on the soon to be ex on Sept. 3rd, then he filed his response to my petition on Sept. 15th. His response was so completely unreasonable that I have had to hire an attorney. Grrr! For goodness sake, we lived together as a married couple for just under 6 months, and he feels he is entitled to half of my retirement (he has none of his own!), alimony in the amount of $1,000/month, my wedding ring back, medical insurance coverage paid by me until the divorce is final and a cash settlement of $20,000!!!!
In Washington, divorce cases now require you to go through mediation to hopefully save the court's time and money. I've paid my half of the mediation fee, now we are just waiting for the ex to pay his half so that we can get it scheduled. He's refusing to pay his half, so we might be able to get this waived and go straight to trial. It's all so frustrating, this should be a fairly simple and easy divorce, but I guess there really is no such thing. Darn it! So far I have spent $6800 with an attorney and we're no closer to getting signatures on papers than we were on Sept. 15th.
Hopefully soon we will be able to get past all of this and get on with things. I just want to put all of this behind me and move forward.