Husband abandon me (After 22 years).....He sent papers for a uncontested divorce-I sent a letter to the judge contesting it on grounds of Abandonment, Adultery Debt & Alimony...Then I received a Amended Complaint for Divorce (inappropriate marital conduct) by his attorney, I have 30 days to respond..Do I need a tennessee lawyer? or can I respond myself?.I can't afford to go to Tennessee..What should I do?..Thank you
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You should definitely consult with a Tennessee lawyer, since the action was commenced in that State. You can challenge the Action for Divorce on jurisdictional grounds if that is your desire. The most important thing for you to consider is whether the laws on the issue of distribution of the marital assets and alimony is more favorable in Tennessee then it is in NY. Definitely consult with a Tennessee attorney, a NY attorney won't be able to give you any feedback on how things are done in Tennessee.
Your situation is too complicated to receive actionable advice based upon the limited information in your question. You need to consult in person with a local matrimonial attorney ASAP. You can locate one on Avvo using the "find a lawyer" tab.
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Yes it would be wise to consult an attorney in Tennessee by phone and then hire one to represent you in the matter. You should not represent yourself in another state where you do not live and cannot go to court. That would not be in your best interests.
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Yes - you need a lawyer in Tennessee!
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All counsel who answered are correct. You definitely should not try this alone.
There maybe some sort of legal assistance in that state you might qualify for. Some but not many lawyers after giving you a consultation may take the case on a pro bono ( no charge basis). Others may take it and give you some indication that legal fees based on your situation maybe awarded by the court.
Either way please get a consultation with a local lawyer in the area where case is filed in Tennessee.
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