When my husband files for divorce, what is my next step?
August 14, 2012 6:47 PM Subscribe
YANAL, but I need some direction. I think my husband is going to ask for a divorce, and I am clueless as to the next steps. He significantly outearns me...
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US citizen, been married 12 years. Married young when I was 20. Husband was not a US citizen, I sponsored him and he became a US citizen 4 years ago. Husband is 10 years older than me and is a physician, and has earned a significant amount of money. I am a medical resident and have just accrued >$200,000 in medical school debt, none of which he helped pay. I have no savings to my name, just live paycheck to paycheck off my resident salary.
I don't receive any monetary support from my husband. Yes, it is true that I will make a physician's salary once I finish my medical residency. Currently however we live in two different states and he has chosen to drift from me and live his life separately... this has been going on for awhile, and I have been trying to fix things but he doesn't seem interested in preserving this marriage.
I think he is going to serve me with divorce papers soon. I want to try to fix the marriage but he seems to have disdain for me, and there's only so much I can do.
What do I do if he files for divorce? I cannot afford a lawyer, I have so much medical school and credit card (because he barely pays anything to support me and he hasn't for years) debt. How do I afford a lawyer? Is it common to get free consultations?