Can I file for divorce without an lawyer if I have been married for 10 years and have a child with my spouse?

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Can I file for divorce without an lawyer if I have been married for 10 years and have a child with my spouse?

I don’t have the money to have legal help but I want a divorce so that I can collect child support from my spouse. We have been separated for 4 years and he has given nothing in the way of support for the minor child.

Asked on May 22, 2012 under Family Law, Illinois

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your situation.  You can file yourself but things can get complicated with a child and support.  Generally speaking, each state has a way for you to file for temporary child support with out having to file for divorce as well.  In New York that can be done in Family Court.  In Illinois it may be the circuit court.  I would also file a motion to temporary custody as well.  Good luck. 


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