Go to your local law library and ask the law librarian to help get your started on searching case law for your divorce issues. Good luck to you.
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Sounds like you have a basis for moving to set aside the settlement agreement, which is where you should begin, rather than concentrating on an appeal. A settlement agreement is not an appealable order or judgment. For case law, you can do your research at any law library. Also try Google Scholar. But, what ever you choose to do, it's not going to be free and doing legal research isn't going to teach you how to do a motion to set aside. I'd suggest, even with your lack of funds, that you consult with an attorney. You can always request that your ex pay your legal fees as part of the relief you are seeking in your motion to set aside. Also remember, you will need proof, i.e. evidence of all of the claims you are making that will form the basis for your motion to set aside.
You wouldn't appeal it because the appeal is not the correct course of action. An appeal looks at errors in application of the law or ineffective counsel, to name a few. You need to file a motion to set aside the judgment based on fraud, but your question is a bit hard to understand, because I am unsure if you were saying you were unaware of something or when you did become aware of it or should have come aware of it.
If you cant afford legal counsel, then perhaps legal aid, the courts self help center, or even asking a member of a place of worship you attend for help can guide you through the process. Additionally, there are several law schools in LA that my have a 3rd year student interning with a local family law attorney. They may be able to help you pro bono as part of their internship and to help the attorney with pro bono cases. Good luck and I am sorry that this has happened.
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