I have been married to my husband for three years. He is active duty military and we live in Tennessee. He has been in the mental hospital three times this year, and has been diagnosed with Psychotic Depression. I told him I was leaving with our 10 month old daughter until I knew that he was stable and until we could talk through some of our problems. He has since changed the passwords to our bank account and has told me that if I need to know the balance I can go to an ATM machine to do a balance inquiry. I want out of the marriage but can't afford to pay anything at the moment because I'm a stay at home mom and he has taken away my control of our joint account.
You can request almost anything within reason. The likelihood of your request being granted is very unpredictable and can differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Your best bet is to speak to a family member and ask for some financial help for attorney and filing fees. Then find a local attorney who will take your case and help you get your life back on track.
You should definitely pursue legal advice right away and get information more particular to your situation from a family law practitioner. Ask in particular about the likelihood you would be able to obtain an amount from your husband for ongoing attorney fees and expenses as well as spousal and child support.
Hi! Things are not as dire as you think. The fact that you are a military spouse will provide some protection for you. If you can't afford an attorney, you may be able to file for divorce using an indigent affidavit. This will allow you to file for divorce without paying the filing fees upfront. They will be deferred until the divorce is granted. A divorce filing will put certain injunctions in place and give you legal rights immediately. I encourage you to visit the bank to gain asset to your account. If the account is joint, then you have equal right to its access. PWK
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