So we received notification that a court appointed mediator will be assigned for this AOA/CC case that my ex has levied against my current boyfriend. We do not have an attorney nor can we afford one. We both live paycheck to paycheck and own nothing except the cars that we currently drive to work every day. No savings, no property, nothing. My ex is just trying to find someone to blame for me leaving and divorcing him (as he refuses to admit that he abused myself and the girls).
Is this mediation to figure out whether this needs to go to court or not? What exactly am I to expect here? It says mediation is to be completed by 2/27/12 with tentative trial set for 6/25/12. I have photographs of him having sex with another woman, tapes of his verbal abuse, photographs of bruises that he left on my arms, a journal that I kept of the abuse I sustained at his hand etc. I understand that this case is against my boyfriend. However, I am of course his best witness because he did not cause the end of the marriage.
For mediation, do we really need an attorney if I have all of this information at my fingertips? Again, we simply don’t have the money for an attorney. He’s stating that he has lost everything. However, he has quit his job and is selling insurance as being “self employed”, purchased a car (it’s a 25 year old car but he did buy it), has sold marital property, remains in the marital home, doesn’t pay alimony or spousal support so this case is ludicrous. Is it possible that the mediator may even dismiss the case? I’m just not sure what to expect.
Thank you in advance for your time.