My husband and I have been separated for 9 months now and will be filing for divorce once it has been a year. I am unfamiliar with all these legal processes, so I have no Idea as to what to do first. After the separation we had a verbal agreement on child support which he quickly failed to comply and kept threatening to give me less and less. I have filed for child support but they have to wait for him to verify his income, he is a truck driver(owner/operator) and much of his income is in cash.
Recently, he asked me to remove the child support order and speak with his attorney about making a separation agreement that will include an amount for child support. Ideally, I would hire an attorney myself and have him or her meet with his attorney. The problem is I cannot afford an attorney. Also I tried to reach an agreement with him about including alimony along with child support, but he refused.
Most likely, we will end up going to court. I would like to know what I can “fight” for or am entitled to (if that even is the right word). We have been married for 11 years, of which we were separated for 3, and we have once child. He has a small business and I do too. Also, is it possible for us to go to court if I do not have an attorney? Please help.