My husband of 11 yrs(18yrs total) walked out on 11/4 and has not helped me financially with our mortgage,my son,or utilities. I paid most of the bills until Aug 12.Now I have no money to get a lawyer and he just received a large bonus in November. He made many comments about him leaving prior to him doing so, and has also trashed our home. He left evidence of infidelity as well as all of his financial documents showing that he was hinding money during our marriage. He only helped me with the mortgage & bills sometimes of which I have bank statements to show.I took sole care of our 11 year old who he has only seen three times since,and asked about 1pr shoes & headphones he bought him after he walked out. He will not tell me why he left but left after I was diagnosed with precancerous cellsHe filed for the divorce on December 12. The paper work was mailed and I received it on December 24,in it was a child support decree to start in February. I was out of town until January 5th and will be filing an answer on 1/14 without a lawyer because I can not afford one as my job took an unexpected downward turn in August and I have been maintiaing my household bills (through borrowed funds) & caring for my son by myself since November. Does the fact that papers have already been filed cancel out my potential request for child support?
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