How can I move on from an abusive marriage with no means of help?

I been married for 8 years and My
husband has been mentally and
emotionally destroying me the
entire time. I dont work nor do i
have a car so him knowing i need
him keeps him treating me like im
worthless. I need help. We have 2
children 7 and 3 and he said he is
filing for divorce and taking my
children. What can i do?

Asked on May 10, 2016 under Family Law, Alabama

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

He can't just "take" the children: the family court will, in deciding the divorce, all decide who gets custody based on *the children's* best interest. The court will also divide assets and may award you spousal support (almony) if he was the main or only breadwinner; whomever gets custody of the children will also get child support.
Don't sign any divorce papers he gives you--don't just agree to what he wants. Make the case play out in court, where you can protect your interests and your childrens. Also, there are groups that provide both emotional support and legal advice (sometimes actual legal assistance) to women in your situation. Good places to look for these resources are to contact Legal Services; the clerk at the family court (who may have a list of resources); abused women support groups; and also local law schools, which may have programs where law students provide help to people like you under their professors supervision. Good luck.


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