I am going through a divorce and need help. Next hearing is January 5th, 2015. I am unprepared. I owned the property for 8 years prior to marrying him. I paid 1/2 of all the mortgage payments. His hoarding caused the appraisal to be lowered substancially! I'm in over my head!
This one's a tough question to answer. Generally if you have property most lawyers do not do pro bono, but they might if they are granted a lien against the property and are permitted to charge their fee against your interest in it.
You say you own the property for 8 years prior to marriage and during the marriage; but you also say you paid 1/2 the mortgage payments. This is a complicating factor because if your spouse paid the other half, then the spouse is likely entitled to claim at least an interest in the property based on principal (not necessarily interest) payments made towards it.
That said, you can check with legal aid in your area and see if they can refer you to someone or offer you some assistance. Link here:
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Depending upon your financial circumstances, you may be able to get some help through the local legal aid office. Otherwise, I would say it is very difficult to find a pro bono lawyer for a domestic relations action. You should try your local bar association to see if they have any suggestions.
You should contact both the legal aid society and local domestic attorneys. There are creative ways to arrange for payment of attorney fees in divorce cases and a local divorce attorney may be able to assist you in that regard.
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