First divorce, wife was Marine requested transfer to Europe because you can't sue active military stationed overseas for anything, including divorce (law dates from 1941 due to sleaze suing anyone in combat and winning due to default because the guy couldn't go home to fight the case, so you wait until they get back in the US, then file). She wanted to collect benefits at the much higher married rate. I tricked her (bluffing, another story) into filing against me, however she had no intent to actually try to move the case forward. Too bad, I found out that once she filed the case, I could file for a hearing date. Her lawyer tells me not to worry about my 30 day time to respond, we have an agreement, we are just waiting for her signature, there is no rush. He doesn't return calls near the deadline, then he files for a default judgement on day 31. Too bad, I had prepared to file contested (instead of with an agreement the judge would rubber stamp due to brief marriage, no kids, and no real money) and as a college student working temp jobs, filed it as a pauper. This means I didn't have the money to pay the fee to file a response. It takes a couple days to have the finances reviewed to grant the waver of the fees, and the response is not entered into the system until the decision is made. So the lawyer looks, doesn't know I have filed, and he files for some real slimy things, including an active duty Marine getting support from a full time student Ex, plus my retirement. So much for we have an agreement, no rush. His default gets thrown out when my response hits the system. Then outside the court he wants to see the original of a crimp sealed form (seal won't show on a copy), so I won't let him touch it. I will hold it close as long as his hands are far away. He gives me crap about he won't do anything to it, so I point out how trustworthy he has proved himself with the default filing. He has no answer. Because I filed for the date, I fill in the estimated time on the docket, and it's a bit long, and they take the short ones first. He doesn't want to sit all day, so he shortens the estimate. I go back, make it even longer, cross out his false representation of my estimate and initial mine, so now it is clear that we are fighting about everything, including how long the fight will last. He has to sit there all day waiting to be called ($/hr) and I represent myself, with the law being very clear, just apply a simple formula in CA, and we get exactly what was agreed on earlier, but it cost her a lot of lawyer time and fees, plus 2 separate trips from Europe to CA and back. So I didn't get extra cash, but I did get some satisfaction.
Still like Charlie Chaplin's 1940 talkie "The Great Dictator"; had to abandon it as the inspiration for the theme of my Ural's paint scheme. People can't seem to tell satire from support. Too much public education.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Dictator
2011 Gear Up from V.T. CYCLES, Pwr Arc Ignition, sprayed USMC 383 Green w/blacked engine/exhaust