What happens if…
I file for absolute divorce and child custody, but I do not submit a separate filing for equitable distribution.
The only maritial property is a vacant house, which is deeded and mortgaged in both names.
My ex will not cooperate and will not agree to anything, just to be difficult. One day she agrees to file a friendly complaint, we discuss and agree upon the details, I pay to have the complaint rewritten, and then she requests more changes… which I agree to, pay to have drafted, and then the cycle repeats itself. She refuses to sign anything. I have spent thousands trying to get this resolved, and am very frustrated. Our house sits vacant, but she will not agree on an agent to list it. She will not help to pay the mortgage payments or the utilitiy bills.
On the flip side, she is VERY eager to finalize the divorce.
She wants “her half” of my retirement, as I’ve heard over and over. But I can prove that the money in the account was deposited PRIOR to our marriage. She refuses to get an attorney, and so all of her legal advice has come from friends and co-workers.
I’d like the burden to be on her to submit her own filing for equitable distribution. I believe that if I file, and when she receives the complaint and civil summons, that she will fail to respond. My understanding is that if she fails to respond, that the jude will grant the divorce. Is that correct?
Then, we’re still left with the house.
Once the divorce is finalized, am I able to file a motion to compel my ex to list and sell the house?
She refuses to agree to an agent, a listing price, a sales price, preparing it for sale, paying the mortgave. She refuses to do anything.
What should I do? I’m out of money, and want to finalize this divorce.