Atlanta, GA asked in Divorce and Domestic Violence for Georgia

Q: What do I do now? My husband has not lived with me except for one month before and after quadruple bypass surgery.

I do not have the $3000 to $10,000 for an attorney for a divorce. He has not contributed to the household since stopping his direct deposit the last week of November 2021. There’s physical abuse, adultery and even a USB PLUG he put in my house at some point with a hidden camera. What do I do? We were married October 17, 2008. I feel I deserve something for the hell he put me through. This is quite a complicated case and I simply can’t pay a lawyer $5000 retainer when I am surviving on $900 early retirement. The house was a gift to me from my father before he passed away. It took the lawyer I did hire almost 3 years to file the paperwork because he lost it. Help!

We have no children together. He is employed at Georgia Port Authority and was bringing home an average of $1200 weekly after taxes. We have no children together.

I lived on a savings account of $9000 from December 8, 2021 until August 2022 when it ran out. I then had to file for early retirement then.Only P.O. Box for him.

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Regina Irene Edwards
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Regina Irene Edwards
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  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: You have said that this is a complicated case, but cannot afford a retainer. Your options are to save up to hire an attorney, or you can file the case without an attorney. For the type of case that you have described, your litigation budget should be around $20,000. A $5000 retainer is not going to get you very far into the case. You can also try Atlanta legal aid or Georgia legal services as they sometimes represent people pro bono if they are victims of domestic violence.

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