Thanks to those who have suggested words for my recent missing words thing on obnoxious opponents and think crowisfaction pretty grand. But there is a small variation. Opponent who turns up thinking that because Judge took understandable dim view of your client’s behaviour in the past s/he willl take same dim view even though life has moved on (this is very much a family thing). You sigh patiently while they outline why their client will not be agreeing to perfectly sensible middle ground and then try to push judge towards appealable and ill-considered indication. Then you point out very rationally why this is not right way forward as you would have explained to opponent if she had been in the mood for engaging brain and having sensible discussion. And then outside court they turn into charming rational creature who will after all discuss why your client should go much further than judge they had not got measure of views of in the first place suggested. Actually I think pratt sums it up quite nicely. And a good job I am not a point scorer who does not keep the children’s interests in mind or it would be pretty tempting to leave it at that.