Garden Grove, CA asked in Child Custody for Arizona

Q: Can I get my ex to meet with just me for a pretrial statement and not bring his wife in a modification of child custody?

My ex and I are in the final stages of my petition to modify child custody. We need to meet to compile our pre trial statement. My ex insists on bringing his new wife when we meet up. I've reminded him that the judge at our last conference had mentioned that she has no say in this matter but he insist that she must be there. I Do not feel she needs to be there to determine what him and I decide on custody. So it doesn't seem as we are going to be able to agree to meet to do the pretrial statement. Is there something I can do as the judge does not want separate statements apparently.

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Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: Yes, you should meet with him and his wife to do the joint pretrial statement. It's more important that you do the joint pretrial statement than it is that she not participate. I don't think the judge is likely to react favorably either to his insistence that she be there or your refusal to meet if she is there.

If you meet anyway, you're the reasonable one.

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