Can I do my own forms and avoid a lawyer in Illinois if we have joint property but have split everything ourselves?

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Question:  Can I do my own forms and avoid a lawyer in Illinois if we have joint property but have split everything ourselves? **Wendy Jaffe and Divorce.com can only provide general information about divorce. DO NOT RELY ON MS. JAFFE’S ADVICE ALONE. Before acting on information provided by Ms. Jaffe or by Divorce.com, talk to an attorney first about your particular facts and the law of your state. State:  Alabama ...

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What if my spouse refuses to give me a divorce and I want to remarry?

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Question:  What if my spouse refuses to give me a divorce? I want to remarry. I am in California. State:  California Answer:  The grounds for divorce in California are incurable insanity or irreconcilable differences which have caused a breakdown of the marriage. In your case, it sounds like you’ll have to go for the latter and file for divorce based on your obvious differences since your spouse will not agree. Your spouse cannot...

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Husband has a problem with drinking drug use.

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Question:  Me And my husband been married for 6yrs.It started going bad about the 4yr, In the relationship.Not wanting to keep a job.Wanting to put all his problems in to drinking,drug use. I say that was to much for me to have to deal with. State:  Texas Answer:  Not sure exactly what your question here is, but no one should have to live in a relationship that has “gone bad.” Alcohol and drug addiction are both grounds for a...

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What goes on in a divorce proceeding of a husband and wife who have children but NO assets?

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Question:  What goes on in a divorce proceeding of a husband and wife who have children but NO assets? State:  Alabama Answer:  Great question. If there are no assets, then there is nothing for the court to divide. And if you and your spouse can agree on a custody arrangement, there is not much left for a court to do besides grant the divorce, and determine child support. When you say “no assets” you had better be certain that...

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Grounds for Divorce

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Question:  My wife has been taking medications over the past few years to include Xanax and Lexapro. She also had a hysterectomy in Sept. 2008 so she was on hormone replacement and she has a low thyroid so she was taking medication for that. This past July 4th weekend, she had a religous conversion and has stopped taking all of her meds, cut them off cold turkey. She has turned completely “cold” towards me. There hasn’t been any intimacy since a couple of weeks before...

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I have 1 child

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Question:  I’m a male and am married. The marriage has been mostly a nightmare for myself. Basically everything is always my fault and I don’t want to live my adult life as I did when I was a child. I know going to court I will lose (child, money etc:). My question is (most importantly) will I get equel amount of time with my son (8yrs old) and I’m on compensation (I was a Firefighter hurt in the line of duty)…will I lose all that also? Thank you so much for...

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Can I file bankruptcy during a legal separation without damaging my husbands credit?

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Question:  Can I file bankruptcy during a legal separation without damaging my husbands credit? We have separated all the bills and I will not be able to afford my portion. If I file for bankruptcy will it affect him at all? State:  California Answer:  Hmmm. It sounds like you are going to need to consult a bankruptcy attorney. The handling of debt settlements changed with the 2005 Bankruptcy Code. Prior to the change you could file...

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I want to divorce my wife. How will I know what I am going to lose?

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Question:  I want to divorce my wife. But I won’t do it if she is going to get anything. How will I know what I am going to lose? State:  California Answer:    Thank you for your question.  I can give you only a general answer to your question because what you are required to pay your spouse in a divorce differs between states. But in many states, property acquired during the marriage may be split up to 50/50. If you have...

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The judge sent me the divorce paperwork again stating that some of then were signed too early.

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Question:  My wife and I filed for divorce on April 14 of this year. After filing the last of the paperwork and waiting for the divorce decree. The judge sent me the paperwork again stating that some of then were signed too early. My wife and I have both moved on yet she refuse to sign the papers again because my girlfriend and I are going to have a baby. She told me she is going to be a (B) as long as she can and she doesn’t care. I don’t know what to do next it has been 3...

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Can I Get Divorced Even Though I Don’t Know Where My Husband Is?

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Question:  CAN I STILL GET MY DIVORCE EVEN THOUGH I DON’T KNOW WHERE MY HUSBAND IS? WE HAVE BEEN SEPARATED FOR 9 YEARS. State:  Louisiana Answer:  Yes, you can still get a divorce even though you don’t know where your husband is. Assuming you’ve lived in Louisiana for more than 6 months and are a legal resident, you can file a no-fault action based on living separate and apart for at least 6 months, or you could file a...

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Child support in NY

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Question:  We are above average wage earners, my wife, the likely custodial parent makes 250,000 while I earn 240,000 per year. We have 2 children 7 and 4 years old. We live in a district with an excellent public school system. What is a my fair share share of child support? I understand that beyond 25% of 80,000, the judge has discretion. What is typical? Thankyou. State:  New York Answer:  The New York State Office of Temporary and...

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What are the reasons to have to file a divorce?

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Question:  What are the reasons to have to file a divorce? State:  Alabama Answer:  The biggest reason most people seek divorces for…is remarriage. Money and revenge might seem to be the biggest motivators in many divorces, but those factors can be addressed without a divorce decree. If you want to get married again, you’ll need a valid divorce decreee in your hand. Your divorce is not really complete until you have a divorce...

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Divorce and moving

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Question:  My brother and sister in law are in the midst of getting a divorce. She is talking about moving the three kids to long island. They currently live on Staten Island. Is there a mile limitation as to where a spouse can move? State:  New York Answer:  Your brother should speak to the court if the distance to the new residence will present a significant hardship and obstacle to visitation. Some jurisdictions consider anything...

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Divorcing my wife who doesn’t love me

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Question:  Hello,I reside in Hawaii. My wife wants to divorce me because of what I did in the past when we weren’t married yet. We got married in 03. I cheated on her when we were still boyfriend and girlfriend. So when we got married in 03, she got deployed to Iraq were she cheated with me with two guys. After she got back she didn’t tell me until 3 years after. She confessed. I cried, but forgave her. So life went on for another couple of years or so. She finally said she...

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Do I have to appear in court? Is their a court fee?

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Question:  Do I have to appear in court? Is their a court fee? I haven’t been with my wife in 4yrs – we have no kids, property, just want a divorce so I can go on with my life – but it’s so expensive can you help me? Thank you. State:  Florida Answer:  If your wife agrees to all issues involving division of property and debts, and she’s not asking for alimony, you probably don’t have much to worry...

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I would like to find out how much child support I would get?

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Question:  I would like to find out how much child support I would get? **Wendy Jaffe and Divorce.com can only provide general information about divorce. DO NOT RELY ON MS. JAFFE’S ADVICE ALONE. Before acting on information provided by Ms. Jaffe or by Divorce.com, talk to an attorney first about your particular facts and the law of your state. State:  Alabama ...

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Question about divorce in North Carolina

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Question:  My friend has been legally separated from his wife for over 1 year but she keeps contesting the divorce. Earlier this year she called her lawyer and told the lawyer they had intercourse, which is not true, and her attorney told his attorney. I was told that when this happens, in the state of North Carolina, its another one year waiting period. Well now she has gone to boot camp, she enlisted in the Army. Is it possible for him to still get his divorce. My understanding...

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We have no kids and very little money or property. How can we make this divorce smooth?

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Question:  My wife and I have fallen out of love. We have no kids and very little money or property. How can we make this divorce smooth? State:  Wyoming Answer:  Since you have few assets and did not have children together, your divorce is likely to go quickly and smoothly. If you and your spouse are able to agree on how to divide the few assets that you have, obtaining a divorce should not be costly. However, you might want to consider...

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Wife asks if divorce from husban who is in prison is possible.

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Question:  Can I get a divorce from my husband who is in prison? He won’t sign the papers. State:  Kentucky Answer:  Since you reside in Kentucky, a no-fault divorce state, all that is required as grounds for seeking a divorce is “Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and that further attempts at reconciliation are impractical or futile and not in the best interests of the parties or family”. The fact that your...

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Can you get an annullment after 4 months of getting married? GA

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Question:  Can you get an annullment after 4 months of getting married? (GA) State:  Georgia Answer:  Most likely not. Annulments are fairly rare and are not granted very often except in unusual circumstances. You would have to show that the marriage was invalid due to one of the following: you and your spouse are related, you lacked the mental capacity to enter into a contract of marriage, you were under the age of 16 when you married,...

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