Q: We divorced but haven't settled our community property business. She has "locked me out" & i can't afford attorney. help
Help. I have hit a wall. My wife & i recently divorced, but left the issue of community property unresolved because it was going to be super expensive to value our community property business (forensic accountant, etc). She has locked me out and receives a sizable income from the business, work trips, personal perks, etc. [approx $1mill revenue / $90k salary ] over the past 4 years has taken over $300k and i haven't received a penny. This has left me broke and starting from scratch financially and i can't afford what lawyers are quoting of $10-20k just to get started. We have considered mediation, but she has backed out. I don't know where to turn. I am barely getting by after investing 10 years of my life and thousands of my own dollars into that business which she now currently controls.
A: I'm sorry about your situation. I am not a family attorney, but I do know there are self-help departments of most courthouses that can give you the documents you need to start a dissolution (divorce) case in family court. Some law schools, such as the Monterey College of Law, hold clinics to help people handle their own legal matters. I don't know if there are any such clinics in your area. Additionally, there may be legal services for people who cannot afford a lawyer. Call the Bar Association for your county and ask what is available to you. Also, do an online search for free legal services and add the name of your county in the search box to find any legal services that may available near you. Finally, there are also paralegals who you can pay to assist you, but be careful: paralegals are NOT lawyers, so they are not licensed to give legal advice. Only a lawyer is authorized to give legal advice.
I hope the above information helps you. Best wishes.
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