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Yes, I mean attorney fees. I have paid roughly $80,000 of the 93k. I have 50% legal and physical custody of my 15 year old son. I was paying $200 a week in child support until July of 2010, when I got a six month long job and was then required to pay $325 a week in alimony and $325 a week in child support which I was willing to do (and did), however, my contract was not renewed for the following year (I am a television writer who made a lot of money once but has struggled to find adequate employment for the last decade - last year was a miraculous and welcome anomoly) so I sought a modification to revert back to the old amount and recieved temporary orders to pay $200 a week in child support, and $150 a week in alimony until the pre-trial coming up in May. I would prefer to reach a reasonable figure without again enriching any more attorneys, but my ex will again be insistent on litigating. To be fair to my current attorney, she has made it plain to the court numerous times that we cannot afford it and the judge himself said we couldn't but there was no consequence when my ex wife refused to meet with the court mediator that he recommended. She (my ex) wouldn't even sign a joint tax return that would have given us both a larger refund.
Several years back, when I asked my divorce attorney if there was anything in the law to prevent someone who was unstable and intent on vengeance at any cost(my ex) from bankrupting a family through litigation, his answer was "no" and my experience has proven him correct. Well, there a way, actually...Though I reapeatedly supplied proof that as sole support of a family of four my income had averaged less than $39,000 the four previous years, and that we had been living off our rapidly, dwindling remaining assets, my ex, who refused to attend two sit-downs, court recommended mediation, and a settlement offer that was more than what the court ultimately awarded her, was allowed to run rampant By a judge, I presume.... resulting in $93,000 (since March of 2010) in legal fees for my half alone. And the lunacy continues fees. I am also told that I cannot request another judge. Generally, that is true, unless you can point to proof that he has a conflict of interest or some improper behavior... in which case you may ask that he recuse himself. Also, if he makes rulings that are contrary to the law, you can appeal those rulings...
What, if any, are my other options?
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