I am in the process of a divorce
in South Dakota. I am the plaintiff in the divorce. The grounds are irreconcilable differences
. We have two teenage sons which my wife will have primary custody of, and I will pay child support
. We are living in separate houses and have been since October of last year. Right now, I put all of my income into a joint account that she access to and she is not having a problem spending all of it. My wife and I have traded settlement proposals. However, she has not responded to the last proposal I sent at the end of February.
So, my first question is, is there anything in South Dakota law that allows me to force a response from her -- besides sending it to the court and letting them figure it out?
If the answer to that question is no, and she can basically drag this out forever, what options do I have to keep some of my income for my expenses, like rent and electricity? Should I formally separate from her? I am renting right now, but the people I'm renting from are selling the house and I can't really obtain a loan to buy a property when this is so up in the air.
My lawyer is never around to answer any questions, let alone ask any questions of my wife's attorney. I'm beyond frustrated at this point and am just trying to move on. If you could point me in the right direction, I would really appreciate it.