You can probably delay the process a couple of months. In Nassau County the Sheriff is approximately 6 weeks delayed. When you are served, make sure to appear in court on the return date of the Notice of Petition. Since you are unemployed, make sure to ask for a lawyer through the Volunteer Lawyers Project. That announcement should be made before the calendar call.
I am sorry to hear about your situation. It depends on how back logged the court is and how diligent he is in pursuing you, but you might be able to delay a few months.
You should contact an attorney to discuss your questions as additional information would be helpful.
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I wish you the best of luck.
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