You should be scheduling a consultation with an experienced family law attrorney a.s.a.p.
Without knowing all the relevant facts and circumstances, on the surface it would appear that you will have a claim for alimony, child support, equitable distribtuion, etc... Any and all assets (and likely all liabilities) amassed during the marriage are presumed to be divisible between your husband and yourself. You just need to take action to protect your (and your children's) interest.
Any funds recovered by your wife as compensation for her pain and suffering are immune from equitable distribution. Any funds recovered for lost wages or reimbursement of medical expenses are generally subject to equitable distribution. Confirming what portion of funds recovered from such a law suit may not be easily determinable.
Having made that statement, if no one has filed for divorce and the funds recovered by your wife become commingled, i.e. spent to satisfy joint debt or to...
If you have not been able to confirm a settlement and what a say in setting the final terms of the divorce you need to file a responsive pleading to the Complaint for Divorce. That can be an Answer; an Answer/Counterclaim; or the entering of an Appearance. If you take no affirmative action your soon-to-be ex-spouse will be able to secure a default against you which may allow him/her to set the terms of your divorce without you having any input.
Kenneth A. White, Esq.
New Jersey Family Law...
Based on the limited information available it is impossible for anyone to tell you what the likihood of any outcome will be if you were to appear in court in the immediate future. As you are in the process of addressing the most serious of all issues, custody of your child, I must strongly recommend that you consult with and likely retain an attorney to assist you.
Please understand that once an Order is entered establishing custody / a parenting time plan it creates a "status quo," which...
Generally what you would be seeking is a "Sealed" copy of your Final Judgment of Divorce. You can seek a copy of the same from the staff at Family Intake in the County where your divorce was granted. In the event your file has been relocated out of the county the staff at Family Intake can offer you a form to fill out to secure a copy or direct you to the proper department in Trenton where a "Sealed" copy can be secured from.
Inheritances, just as gifts from 3rd parties, are presumed to be exempt from equitable distribution. To assure that such funds are not subject to equitable distribution it is important that the same not be "commingled." An example of commingling would be if you inherit $100,000 and use $50,000 of those funds toward the purchase of a new home (fill-in any asset) in joint names. When you use your exempt funds to purchase a joint asset such funds are considered commingled and your spouse would...
You posted your inquiry in a Family Law Forum. If you are in need of assistance regarding a criminal manner you should be posting your inquiry in a Criminal Law Forum. Regardless, if it is a serious criminal manner (one in which a finding of guilt may result in incarceration) and your financial situtation is truly dire, you may qualify for the assistance of a Public Defender.
You should always file some form of rebuttal, even if it is just to point out that his Motion for Reconsideration should be denied as he has failed to point out any error committed by the court.
If you do not file any opposition (although unlikely), a court could consider his Motion to be "unopposed," and grant the relief he is requesting.
You must be a resident of the State of New Jersey for at least a full year prior to filing your Complaint for Divorce. Therefore, if you truly want to secure an immediate divorce you will likely need to seek advice regarding the law in SC.