Do I need a lawyer in the state of Tennessee? (divorce was filed there....I live in New York.

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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Paul Karl Siepmann

Paul Karl Siepmann

Family Law Attorney - Patchogue, NY
Answered

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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David Alexander Browde

David Alexander Browde

Divorce / Separation Lawyer - Chappaqua, NY
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Yes - you need a lawyer in Tennessee!

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Maria C. Tebano

Maria C. Tebano

Divorce / Separation Lawyer - Newtonville, NY
Answered

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.

Brad S. Margolis

Brad S. Margolis

Divorce / Separation Lawyer - Utica, NY
Answered

Good day:

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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Peggy Margaret Raddatz

Peggy Margaret Raddatz

Divorce / Separation Lawyer - La Grange, IL
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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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David L. Martin

David L. Martin

Divorce / Separation Lawyer - Mineola, NY
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Yes, my advice to you would be to get a lawyer.

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