Re: Do I really need a lawyer?
My thoughts: Full financial disclosure is required. If you ask for it and don't get it, it may be fraud.
You only get back child support if there is an existing order/agreement about CS. If there is neither and you haven't gotten any financial support for the kids, you allege abandonment.
You should get spousal support, and COBRA help. But what you do with the money is up to you.
Add up everything accumulated during the marriage, including any increase in value of pre-owned property, split it in half, and that's what you start for a property settlement. Your inability to work or generate more money from assets would then justify an uneven property distribution.
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