Also can I take this as a lump sum? I currently don't work (can't) and need money badly. Also, where can I get legal advice and/or help for free or possibly working on a percentage of what I get as a settlement? Thanks in advance!
The answer to this question is not as simple as a yes or no.
You need to get a lawyer to look into these issues. If you cannot afford one, I can only suggest Legal Action of Wisconsin, http://www.legalaction.org/, or Judicare, http://www.judicare.org/.
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I agree with the answer provided. Contingency fees are prohibited in divorce cases. So, you would have to provide an hourly fee or find someone very generous. Otherwise, you can request attorney's fees from your spouse in your answer/petition for dissolution of marriage.