I was divorced 6 years ago. My husband got cancer and filed for a reduction in my alimony
He wind. He recovered, and I filed for reinstatement. The case went all the way to the Vermont
Supreme Court, with all 5 justices in agreement with me. The case was reversed and remanded to the Chittenden County Court again.
After the case was filed with the Supreme Court, my lawyer quit the firm she was working for and opened her own practice. Since then, she puts my calls always to voicemail, and does not respond to correspondence that I send to her.
I have many questions now, as far as the reverse and remand process goes, and this lawyer will not connect with me. I do not have the energy or the money right now to hire a new lawyer and get that lawyer up to speed. I called the Supreme Court, who referred me back to the lower court, and they told me that a judge is going to decide what comes next.
My first question - Why would my lawyer be acting this way? It seems like she wants me to dismiss her. Why?
My second question - My lawyer wrote me a brief letter, enclosing the Supreme Court decision, and telling me that the next step would be to file briefs or schedule a new hearing. I am dismally depressed if this process will entail a new hearing, with everyone present, endless questioning, new affidavits, etc. etc. It has cost me a fortune to get this far. Can you explain to me what goes on at a hearing for a reverse and remand? How complicated is it?
How do they decide which judge will preside? The original judge clearly made mistakes of the law, so he couldn't be chosen to hear the reverse and remand, could he?
FYI, my alimony award was compensatory, and was for a substantial amount for a very long time.
This web site has helped me in the past when no one else would, and I am hoping that you can help me now. Thank you. Donna