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I received divorce papers from my ex who cheated and deserted me. I can't afford lawyer can Ierh

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Can I ignore papers and not sign anything? What happens can't afford lawyer she cheated and deserted me

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His cheating and lying will likely have no impact on his ability to get a divorce. However, if he is able to proceed with the divorce before you protect whatever rights you may you have relating to your marriage, you may lose your right to ever pursue them. Read the Notice to Defend at the beginning of the papers you received. Take this seriously and do not ignore the divorce complaint. Instead schedule a consultation with an experienced family law attorney in your area as soon as possible as there may be time sensitive issues involved. Even if you don't think you can afford to hire an attorney, you can at least learn your rights and options

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There is no requirement to file a response. Also, the divorce cannot be finalized even if you agree until 90 days have passed from the date you were served with the complaint. If he makes more money than you, you can file for spousal support at domestic relations. She can seek to finalize the divorce without your participation or consent once two years have passed since the date of your separation. Therefore, if you are seeking money or you need court involvement to divide your assets and debts, you should preserve your claims by filing them before the 2 years expires.

The above answer is intended solely for general informational purposes and does not create an attorney client relationship. You should consult with an experienced attorney regarding all of the details of your particular situation before taking action.

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If she filed for the divorce and you do not do anything, she will eventually be able to obtain the divorce. If you have been separated for over two years, she will be able to get the divorce fairly quickly. If you have not been separated for over two years (and there are no other fault counts in the divorce complaint) and you do nothing, she will have to wait for two years from the date of separation in order for her to obtain a divorce. You really should seek the advice of an attorney to make sure all of your rights are protected.

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