It has been pretty much a hectic day for me. This morning the Maintenance Court (Court O) was graced with my presence. Court O is a very scary place to be honest! In the past I found myself in the basement of the court with million of other individuals crammed into a tiny space. Your name is called and you (and the sperm-donor) along with a maintenance officer talk things through!
Court O is on the second floor, in a proper court – the type you read about in books. The type you see in movies! There is no list to confirm whether you are at the right place or not. You wait (that much couldn’t possibly change – maintenance court and wait may as well be the same thing!!).
So while waiting in the corridors you talk to moms with (hopefully) more experience than you do. You hear their stories and you share your situation. The stories that come out is honestly shocking!
The Sperm-Donor was there. Well he was late, but better late than never I suppose! He didn’t even say “good morning, how is my kid?” Instead he sat in the spot I was sitting in (I was early) and left me to sit in the front row, which was quite exciting in the end (you get close up’s of all the dad’s sperm-donors). After what felt like ages (I suppose I should count myself lucky, before morning-tea) my sperm-donor was called to the stand.
I wouldn’t call him highly intelligent or anything, but I think he followed the pattern of the other dads who said that a.) they would pay lawyers or b.) they would apply for legal aid. Pity he didn’t follow some of the dads who paid the arrear maintenance before coming to court! Oh well! I’m sure he doesn’t realise how little he needs to earn in order to qualify for legal aid. Then again maybe he is still unemployed in which case the judge should k@k him out for wasting time with legal aid when he could be looking for a job!
In short: I’m going to the maintenance court again on the 7th of May! And I am absolutely thrilled!
In the end I think the paper trail will speak for itself, until then all you can do is vas-byt and to follow the procedure!