We have been married 3yrs., bought the house 2 yrs. ago and my name is only on the deed. We have no children together but I have 3 from a previous marriage. I am asking for the house, division on debts (credit cards and IRS) and my maiden name reinstated. He was arrested this week and it looks like he will be in jail for several years, there has been history of domestic abuse. Do I need a lawyer? I've gotten the uncontested divorce packet from the supreme court and it suggests getting a lawyer if the is marital property and reistatement of your maiden name. Please, need advise.
Legally, you do not need a lawyer to process a divorce. Based on your request it may be quite burdensome to go through the process by yourself. If your husband is willing to accept service and sign a stipulation it may be something that you can do on your own. You might want to at least have a consultation with a matrimonial attorney to go over the costs and options. Good luck.
I have been an attorney in New York for over 20 years. website: Brooklynlaw.net Phone #: 718-208-6094 email: [email protected] This answer is only for informational purposes and is not meant as legal advice.
I do not practice in N.Y. which is where your profile indicates is your residence. Just the same, most states characterize property acquired during a marriage as "joint" or "marital". An attorney is essential for the protection of your assets, whcih may also include personal property(furniture, cars, etc) and retirement assets (IRA, pension, or 401 K). The expenditure of a copy of thousand at this point should save you many thousands in the future.
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