What are my rights if wife denies me normal living necessities?

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What are my rights if wife denies me normal living necessities?

I have been married 18 years. I have been a stay at home dad for the last few years with a 17 year old son. My wife owns a home health care business started while we were married. I believe in MI that is ruled as community property in a divorce. She is our only income. My wife is a very controlling person. I am not even on the family bank account. I have no access to money I told her I wanted a divorce and now she stopped paying for my essentials. Now I don’t know what to do. She won’t get a lawyer and I have no money to get one What can I do?

Asked on October 30, 2017 under Family Law, Michigan

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

So you are considered to be the "non-monied" spouse and you can go to Legal Aid or google "Michigan free legal services divorce" and there should come up a list of places that can help you.  You need to have your lawyer start the divorce proceedings and then make a motion for pendente lite (during the pendency of the action) relief, which includes support and could include exclusive use and occupancy of the marital home.  If the business was strted during the marriage it is considered marital property and needs to be valued for distribution purposes.  Now that your son is older you will likely be expected to return to the work force.  Speak with your attorney about rehabilitative maintenance.  Good luck.


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