The secret diary of a single parent bloke
I’m 30 today and I don’t feel any different (not that I expected to). I’m taking Natalia and Jack to the pub for lunch, and meeting my grandparents there, then afterwards I’ve made an appointment to see a solicitor about getting a divorce.
Although we’d both agreed to get a quick divorce (and it would seem that there are plenty of places on the internet that you can get them from), I’d rather get it done properly. There’s too much at stake (the kids and the house).
On the way to the pub, I drive past the school. It’s open! I thought it was half term! Oops. That’ll teach me not to get my information from Kat! It’s too late to take them now, they may as well have a day off and celebrate my birthday with me. I’ll smooth things over with the school tomorrow.
The solicitor has given me plenty of advice, and confirmed what I already knew: she should be paying me maintenance, not the other way around. During my recent meeting with Kat, she did say that she’d contribute towards the children, but I’ll believe that when I see it. I suspect that I’ll have to get the Child Support Agency involved, but for the time being, I’ll concentrate on the other issues.
I was also advised that the quickest way to get the divorce is if Kat admits to the adultery. Given that she’s admitted nothing so far, I’m not sure that she’ll admit anything now. The solicitor’s suggested using the house as leverage- linking the buying her out of the house to the divorce settlement. I don’t even know if I can afford to buy her out of the mortgage! If she still won’t admit adultery, I’ll need to prove it- maybe the emails can help.
During the evening, I got into Katrina’s email account again. Now that she’s not living here, she’s no longer deleting her emails. There are lots between her, “James” and “Joe”. Who the hell is “Joe”? What happened to “Ben”? Some of the emails are quite explicit, telling “James” and “Ben” about what she’s been up to with “Dave”? Just what the hell is going on here? I don’t know who “Dave” is, but I do know that he has trouble getting an erection, and doesn’t last very long. It’s a good job that I don’t give a shit any more- this sort of stuff could send a guy over the edge!
What a way to spend your 30th birthday!