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My wife and I have separated due to her abusive behavior. It is not amicable. She has all of our possessions, including our car. (She has another car in her name only) She will not agree to work anything out and doesn't care that I can not get to work. She is threatening to ruin me financially. My name is on apartment lease and car. We have been married 1 1/2 years. We are young, share no other financial obligations or property. She makes more than twice the income I do and mine is not much. I don't want to do anything mean, I don't even want a divorce at this point. I just want to know what steps to take to protect myself from her threats and to at least have a car to drive to work before I lose my job. I can not afford a car or a lawyer. Any suggestions would be appreciated.Thank you Mr. Parks. The abusive behavior is verbal and physical, we've been in counseling for a year, it has not helped. The car/payments is in both of our names, as well as the apartment lease. I moved out and am renting a room until I know where we are headed, we have 9 months left on the apartment lease. I do not believe she has any intention of getting a divorce, though she threatens it, it is part of that crazy cycle. I do not want a divorce, I want her to get help. I am hoping my moving out may cause her to do that, though doubtful. In the mean time, I need to make decisions to protect myself financially. Are there self help centers or low cost legal advice for a separation? She is also threatening to take me to court while we are separated (or possibly divorce?) to get me to pay 1/2 the monthly rent on the apartment lease and car payment. She has the car and I can not afford to pay for a room rental and an apartment lease I can't live in because she is abusive. Thank you.
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