|An Ending . . . Of Sorts (standard:non fiction, 2023 words)|
|Author: Sarah||Added: Apr 01 2001||Views/Reads: 2158/1295||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Emotions and thoughts surrounding the demise of a relationship/marriage.|
An Ending . . . of Sorts It has been quite a day. I'd been nervous driving to the lawyer's office this morning. Anticipation coupled with a niggling sense of anxiety that, even at this late moment when everything was supposedly in order, some thing, unplanned or unaccounted for, would prevent my mortgage closing. Buying a house on my own at sixty-one was a sobering undertaking; after three months of paper processing, it was hard for me to believe it was actually happening. The process had been unnecessarily complicated because David's lawyer had insisted he be free and clear of the house before she would allow him to sign the divorce papers. She allow him??? It was His business and My business. I wouldn't have involved lawyers in the first place but once he hired one, I had no choice. As it was, my lawyer recapitulated by saying I could not sign the divorce papers until the house was in MY name. We didn't need any lawyers. Couldn't AFFORD any lawyers. We both understood the marriage was over; he wanted to leave, I wanted to stay. No conflict. Just a matter of me buying him out. And therein lay the glitch. He bought the house before our marriage so the mortgage was in his name only. We had to get him free and clear of his loan and then I had to get my own. The easy thing, the simple thing, would have been to get the divorce, have him quit claim the deed over to me, and then I would get a mortgage in my name only. Thanks to legal expertise, however, he now had to be present for my closing; first to sign the mortgage and then to sign a waiver relinquishing any claim on the property in question. All because we are still technically married. After signing, he will take a copy of the appropriate papers back to his lawyer, who will then allow him to sign the divorce papers, who will then send them to my lawyer, who will then send them to me for my signature. Ya-da ya-da ya-da. Thanks to his lawyer's "conditions", his name ended up being on MY mortgage. Albeit momentarily. Which was exactly what neither of us wanted. And he had to drive all the way from Missouri to do it! But I didn't know any of this before the closing. * * * * * I check my watch as I pull into the parking lot of the lawyer's office. The closing is set for 11:30 a.m. and I am a few minutes early. The lawyer's assistant ushers me in to an office where David is already waiting. "I didn't think you were here yet," I remarked as I sat down. "I didn't see your car." "I drove a friend's van; it will hold more of my stuff than my El Camino," David replied. "That makes sense," I said, "where's your friend?" "She's waiting in the van. "Ah," I said, comprehending at last. Moments later, the lawyer arrives. I sign a myriad of papers; David signs a few. It takes about 45 minutes. As the lawyer explains what we are doing, I realize why David is here and what he is signing. I mention this as we leave but I don't think he gets it. I resent the fact his name is, after all, on my mortgage, but trust the waiver does, in fact, absolve him from any obligation as well as any claim to my property. I head for the tire store to get two new front tires and a front-end alignment and David takes his copies of the papers to his lawyer's office. He offered to stop back at the tire store to pick me up since it will take an hour or so for them to fix my car. We drive back to the house. I knew he had planned to stop by to get more of his stuff. I just didn't know a woman would be with him. But it's her van, after all. I didn't even know he had a woman friend. But that doesn't surprise me, either. He introduces us as I get in the back seat. It could be awkward but isn't. We're grown-ups, after all. She didn't meet him till he moved Click here to read the rest of this story (150 more lines)
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