Monroe, OH asked in Divorce and Family Law for Ohio

Q: I am trying to start the divorce process. I have no idea where to start. I can not afford a lawyer. Forms r confussing.

Is there help with those that can not afford to pay and if so can you lea me in the right direction. I also am not sure which forms fit my family make-up.

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Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: The forms can be confusing. Some counties have a legal clinic with volunteers to assist those without a lawyer, and some law schools also provide such assistance. Check with your local county domestic relations court if they know of such assistance that is available, or contact some local law schools yourself. Or use the Find a Lawyer tab to call some local attorneys. Many attorneys offer free consultations that might help you determine which forms to use, and you might find one who can work within your budget. If you file for divorce, you could ask the court to have your spouse pay your attorney fees. If none of that works, fill out the forms the best you can and file them with the court. The judges have a lot of cases with no attorneys involved, so they can try to work through it with you. Best wishes.

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