Q: I want to file a divorce from my husband of 42 years but can’t afford to hire a lawyer.
I found out that he is having an affair with the wife of my cousin. He admitted the affair started either 1985 or 1989 and continued on till November 2019 but I know they are still talking Jan 17, 2020
A: If you and your husband have no minor children and your assets are not complex, you may be able to navigate the process without an attorney. Visit https://www.azcourts.gov/selfservicecenter for all the forms you will need to file. If you open a business or have substantial assets, the process will be very difficult to complete without representation. The other important factor is how much cooperation you anticipate getting from your husband. If he is amenable to an equal split of assets and debts and you are not selling spousal support, the endeavor will be much less challenging.
Divorce is always stressful and a competent, compassionate attorney can be an extremely valuable partner; assisting you with managing the stressed and ensuring everything is done properly. Not everyone, however, can afford to hire an attorney, so we are fortunate the Arizona courts have developed an excellent self-help website to assist those who are forced to "go out alone."
Remember through the process to take care of yourself and tell on your support systems. Even if you cannot afford an attorney, in guessing you have people who you can rely on to keep your spirits up and ease the transition to life after divorce. I wish you the best.
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