Today he told me he could get a divorce without my signature. I refuse to sign until I'm able to speak with someone because I believe I am entitled to spousal support being that I'm unemployed and have absolutely nothing.
Never, EVER ignore legal papers that have been served upon you. If you are unable to understand them or have any questions or concerns, you should contact an attorney.
Consult an attorney already and get your paperwork done properly - before you end up without spousal support.
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Yes. He'll allege you refused to appear in the case and will "win" the case. You'll lose potentially everything. Respond.
I am not licensed to practice law in NY, so my comment should be construed as a general comment:
if a signature were required to have a divorce, there would never be a trial.
if a signature were required to serve process, there would never be service of process
One way or another, your husband will be able to get a divorce. It might be by some type of Joint petition that you both sign if New York has such a thing, or it would be by the traditional way of having a petition served upon you [does not require your signature] and you will either participate in the law suit or you will be in default.
When you say "to speak with someone", do you mean with an attorney? ABSOLUTELY. Right away.
Coming here on Avvo is just a start, you would need a face-to-face meeting so that you can review all of the details of the marriage to see what your rights are.
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Yes, he could get a divorce if he told the court that you were served with the summons and failed to respond. You need to speak to an attorney if you want to protect your rights
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If you were served with the divorce papers and did not respond your husband can be granted a divorce "on default." If you were not served with papers you must still protect your rights and might have to be proactive in your approach. I suggest speaking to an attorney so that you can understand your rights and your options going forward. Do not waste time!