WOW. First, let me answer the most important question you have asked - “can I go to court without an attorney.” Do you go to surgery without a physician? Then why would you go to court on such difficult issues such as equitable distribution without an attorney? You can do whatever you want, but no, I would never tell any person to go to court alone.
Yes, you can get back the child support for the past year AS LONG AS the child support claim was filed properly. You can get child support from the date of filing the child support claim and you can get actual expenses back for your children’s expenses if they arose before the child support claim was filed.
It sounds like you have a house with marital equity, a vehicle, children, possible alimony, etc. This is not something to shrug off lightly. If you do not handle the equitable distribution and alimony issues prior to the date of the divorce, you may lose those rights entirely.
My suggestion, though it may not be a happy one, is that you hire an attorney - you may have to borrow the fees, but you can always ask the judge to award your attorney fees back to you. Thank you.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
919.787.6668 main phone
919.256.1665 direct fax
10925 David Taylor Drive, Suite 100
Charlotte, North Carolina 28262
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