An answer to the issues in your specific case would require more extensive research into the issue. However, based on my general legal knowledge my opinion is; if you believed your marriage was valid and you were not a party to any wrongdoing, then it is likely you will be able to make a claim for the division of the property acquired during the marriage. Your claim for child support will not be affected. I could not tell you if you would have a claim for alimony without further research. I definitely think you should meet with an attorney because I do not think all hope is lost for you with regards to marital property.
Custody would not be affected by your marital status. Custody will be decided based on what you both agree to, if you cannot agree, it would be decided based on the best interests of the children. If you have been the primary caretaker of your children and they are well cared for, it is unlikely a court would decide that you would no longer be their primary caretaker.
Helena M. Nevicosi
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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