What are the steps to take to get a divorce when you have children?

My husband is an alcoholic and I have had enough. I want a divorce but am not
sure what to do first, since we have children and he has threatened both my life
and their life if I ever leave him. We also live on my parents property, so I’m
not sure if that will affect anything or not. What steps do I need to take?

Asked on April 6, 2018 under Family Law, Virginia

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Since children are involverd you really should have legal representation if possible. If money is an issue, check if Legal Aid can help you. If not, see if there is a law school in your area since many run legal clinics that take clients for free/reduced fees. Finally, you can contact your local county/state bar association and ask if it has a list of attorneys who will represent clients "pro bono" (i.e. for free). If you want.have to file yourself, here us a link to a site that you will find to be of help: https://www.valegalaid.org/divorce

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Since children are involverd you really should have legal representation if possible. If money is an issue, check if Legal Aid can help you. If not, see if there is a law school in your area since many run legal clinics that take clients for free/reduced fees. Finally, you can contact your local county/state bar association and ask if it has a list of attorneys who will represent clients "pro bono" (i.e. for free). If you want.have to file yourself, here us a link to a site that you will find to be of help: https://www.valegalaid.org/divorce


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