My ex and I have been split up with no contact for 5 1/2 years. He hasn't seen or contacted our kids since 7/2/2014. They have no idea who he is. He has made no attempt other than 1 phone call two years ago. My boyfriend and I have solely supported the kids since my ex decided he didn't want anything to do with them. How do I get a divorce and full custody of my kids when I can't afford a lawyer? Legal Aid won't help me because I'm not in a domestic abuse situation. Where should I start or where could I turn to for help? This has been drug out long enough and I'm ready to get it over with. Caring for 4 kids takes a lot and that doesn't leave a lot for a lawyer.
The Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts makes simple divorce forms available online, including forms for divorces with children. However, these forms are only to be used if (1) you and your husband have reached an agreement on everything including custody/visitation and child support, and (2) you and/or your husband do not own any real property (land, a house, etc.). Unfortunately, if you cannot contact your husband, then you cannot reach an agreement. So, I would suggest seeking help from an attorney. You may be able to find an attorney willing to represent you for a reduced rate or even pro bono (free of charge). I wish you the best of luck.
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