What happens if a wife files for divorce and the husband doesn’t have the money for an attorney?

Asked on January 8, 2013 under Family Law, New Jersey

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

From the tone of the question, it sounds as if your wife has a lawyer. The being the case, the fact is that it is perfectly legal for only one spouse to have an attorney in a divorce action. So if you don't have one that will not prohibit the proceedings from moving forward. You can always represent yourself; every state as online information for doing so. However, legal representation would be best. So try legal aid or see if they or your county's social services department can recommend someone for little or no cost. Also, law schools runs low income legal clinics that handle these type cases; so see if there is one in your area. Finally, the county bar association may have a list of attorneys who will take such cases "pro bono" (i.e. free) depending on your income/circumstances.


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