My husband is in the navy and were legally separated . He has all the money. Is there a way to get a lawyer that will make him pay for my lawyer in the divorce? He's cut off my access to money in hopes that I won't be able to retain a lawyer of my own. What do I do?
The place to start is to get an attorney willing to make a motion for temporary attorneys fees and set a hearing.
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I think you should hire a lawyer that is willing to file a temporary needs motion requesting temporary attorney fees, child support, spousal support and any other relief that makes sense in your case. There may be other options if you own real property that has equity or if there is a lump sum of money to be divided. The attorney may be able to wait to get paid until your share of the asset is secured.
My colleagues are right, the procedure for moving forward is file the lawsuit and then move forward with a motion to seek temporary support. I would caution against assuming this will work. Your Navy based husband probably does not make that much money, it is very difficult to get in front of the court and argue for this result. It is a very easy motion to lose on - and then you are in trouble. You are in a lawsuit, with a lawyer not being paid, and you are no further along.
Consider working with a mediator, or doing as much work as you can with your husband to figure it out BEFORE you file the lawsuit. it will be much cheaper and avoid a lot of drama.
A lawyer who guarantees that he will get your husband to pay for everything -- "don't worry about it, I'm there for you, and I am going to get you everything you deserve" is selling, not advising.
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