After 13 years my husband decided to just up and leave. 6 months prior to him leaving we agreed it would be best for me to quit my 50k a year job to hone school our adopted disabled 7 year old. He’s not helping at all financially and has left me with all the bills and no way to pay them. I was able to get s part time job but it doesn’t cover all the bills. The business he is running is in MY name but he slowly cut me off over past 2 years. All these attorneys want thousands I don’t have. All the attorneys have told me that he will have to pay back attorney fees because I was willing to negotiate a lesser alimony amount than the courts will order. So it’s his fault I have to hire an attorney. Please help. Once the case is over he will have to pay it back but I don’t have thousands, he has all the money to MY business.
Unfortunately, getting an award of attorney's fees in court is not guaranteed and is HIGHLY discretionary. Just as alimony is also discretionary. As such, attorney's can't/shouldn't work on a contingency basis of what may or may not happen in court. Accordingly, you really have to just do your best shopping around and finding some reasonably priced attorneys. Some even offer payment plans and/or discounts. And while it's not desirable, many firms do take credit cards.
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