Is it worth it? How hard is it?


#1

I left my husband of 10 years (17 living together) because of domestic abuse. So far we’ve been to court for custody (which I have) and child support (he lied and pays $50 a month). I haven’t filed for divorce yet. I’ve gone through 2 attorneys and $9500 for just that. I’m out of money. I’ve fired both attorneys for lack of a better term…laziness. I don’t know whether or not it’s worth it to go after my husband for half of the business (it’s a small electrical business run out of his house and truck) or not. I helped him get to where he is. When we met he was a dishwasher. He made $7 per hour. Today he makes $120 per hour. When I left he did everything to make my life hell. He managed to take my name off all 3 of our bank accounts. I had to live off of a credit card and food stamps for my daughter and I. But I made it.
Now I’ve got the bank and a credit card after me for the money that I thought I’d get using the first attorney in the divorce. She managed to get me $50 a month for child support. Kinda hard to raise a child on that kinda money. So, is it worth it to pursue him any further? How hard is it to take someone to court without an attorney?


#2

You can go through Child Support Enforcement and they will go after him for child support. If you have proof that his income is different than what he presented, I would ask CSE to assess the amount of support that is appropriate, and then they will enforce the order, and take him to court for non-payment. And, I believe it only costs $25 to get CSE involved. MUCH less than an attorney of your own. And you will be represented by counsel when you go to court for child support.


#3

You can go to CSE for child support, but to get your share of the marital assets, including the business, you’ll have to file for equitable distribution.