Hi again. Thank you for clarifying.
It sounds like you intend to use the witnesses to defend against the counterclaim. Therefore, you would not call them to the stand until it is time to defend against the counterclaim. However, I have to say that it is doubtful that the witnesses will be of much use. Their testimony that they saw you in happy times would not disprove cruelty. Even the most cruel of spouses could likely muster a few people to testify that he's a great guy and that a marriage was blissful. I'm sure OJ could have found such witnesses, but it does not mean he didn't beat his wife and eventually kill her. So, I suspect the judge would not allow the kind of testimony that you have in mind. Your wife will have to prove the cruelty somehow, and if your witnesses can rebut her specific examples, then that would be useful. General claims that you're a good guy or that the marriage was happy won't help. In any event, your rebuttal witnesses will have to wait until it's time to defend against your wife's counterclaim.
As for your proposal regarding the distribution of property
, you can present that to the judge at the end of your case.
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