Thursday, June 08, 2006

DIVORCE HEARING UPDATE

Where do I even begin? Yesterday's all day hearing was intense and LONG. And since we are in the midst of the divorce proceedings, I am not permitted to discuss any specifics. However, I did want to provide at least a quick update since I have been flooded with emails, phone calls and blog postings. Thanks everyone for your amazing support and encouragement...great strength in numbers! :) Max's fan club has proven time and time again to provide a much needed boost to us at all the right times!

First, the hearing wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. Obviously it wasn't easy, but the truth is absolutely 100% on my side, so I felt very comfortable testifying about everything...what happened in the marriage, the ill health and development of Maxwell, and the financial needs in being his full time caregiver. I thought I would be very emotional but I was able to stay focused on fighting for what Max needs...and that felt wonderful. It is just such a shame that this is what had to happen. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be in this situation. I thought we would be happily married for the rest of our lives with a happy family, good friends, strong businesses, and a great life. But instead here we are in divorce court fighting over the needs of our baby...wow, life really takes you by surprise sometimes, doesn't it???

Second, I cannot give details on the "fault" that was proved. All that matters at this point is that I hope this helps to have my legal fees paid for by the other party. I don't think I should be responsible for these extreme divorce costs when I did nothing wrong. Haven't I been punished enough already?

Third, we are not finished unfortunately...not by a long shot. We will resume our hearing at a later date this summer, and I will be forced to once again travel back to WV.

I am sorry that I cannot offer more details "publicly" because I know you all care tremendously about Maxwell. But rest assured that I will make certain that the father owns up to his responsibilty. Perhaps after yesterday's testimony and some options we provided, he will see the situation more clearly. There is no other choice.

11 comments:

Drew said...

Amy,

Hang in there and stay strong. I'm glad you got through this first part. Steph and I were thinking about you and Maxwell all day yesterday and hoping for the best. Hopefully, things will go your way and that you and Max will get the support you need. I hate to think of Maxwell not getting every opportunity to thrive or you guys being forced to live in poverty.

We're here for you. Take care,
Drew

ang said...

Amy and Max,
while I read your post this morning, I was pleased to read some progress might have been mayed but dismayed that this must be drawn out for you and Max.

I thought of you often yesterday and said many prayers. I hope to read more of your happy times back in WV and look forward to another post or email.

Love to you both
Ang

Moriah (zandysmom) said...

(((HUGS))) Amy! I hope that you have a good time the rest of your visit.

Funny, I just know that truth is indeed on your side. I read quite a few blogs the other day... your ex is such a slimeball that can't be too hard to prove ;)

Steph said...

Amy,

I still can't believe how Vic Sprouse chooses to live his life, and how his ridiculous, juvenile, unscrupulous actions have impacted you and Maxwell. Wow.

More importantly, way to go in court! You did an awesome job representing Max. And although I hate that you don't have closure on the case yet, and that you have to fly back again, your efforts will pay off. Otherwise, we all have a lot of work to do in the justice arena! We know where the fault is...it's crystal clear to everyone.

Lots of love,
Steph

MarkCoyle said...

Amy
I went through the same crap. My ex wife cheated and left me too. It's awful and it really sucks you have to pay too. I am still paying and I was the spouse CHEATED ON!
Life sucks some times but hang in there. There are good days too. Remember that and smile.
Mark

eeezmama said...

I'm new to your blog (learned about it in the Daily Mail), but really appreciate your sharing. My heart goes out to you and Mighty Max--oh, is he SOOOOOO adorable--and certainly prayers are going up for you as well.

Ruthie said...

Love your heart. Hang in there. It sounds like you accomplished alot from this visit. I'm sorry that it didn't end things. You are an amazing woman and remember- amazing women always succeed! Take care of yourself and precious little Max!

elle said...

and please put pics from his party to please as well as this wow y cant you just leave max there with him for a few days see what happens

Dylan (and Kristy) said...

Hi Amy,

Sorry things didn't have some sort of closure for you this trip but I'm glad to hear that there is progress. Maybe, just maybe, he'll see that your compromise options are best...

In any case, I admire your strength and can't wait to give you a hug when you get home.

Give Max a kiss for us and I second the request for you to post pictures of Max's party! I can't wait to see them.

Kristy, Ray, and Dylan

Kirstin said...

I am sory to hear what you had to go through this past week. I wish the progress was faster for you. Stay focused and strong. You are making progress.

Love to you and Max..

Lisa W. said...

Thank you for the update Amy...wishing you much strength