It is a good idea for someone in your situation to at least consult with a local attorney to review all your rights, options and obligations before you take any further action. Many attorneys will work out a payment plan with you, and if you demonstrate good-faith and prompt payments, you should be able to get the help you need. You can find attorneys in your area by searching among the profiles here on AVVO. Good luck!
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Contact the Dallas Bar Association's Volunteer Attorney Program - http://www2.dallasbar.org/dvap. There should be many resourcesw found there that can point to a competent family law attorney who may provide some, if not all, of the necessary work for you pro bono (for free). My best to you and your family.
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