Does this include divorce advice. Low assests, two minor children. Florida

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JA: What are the assets involved here? Are there any minor children?
Customer: Low assests, two minor children
JA: Where are you located? Divorce laws vary by state.
Customer: Florida
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Hello and welcome to Justanswer.

My name is ***** ***** I am a lawyer with 17+ years experience. I will be happy to assist you with your question today. I am reviewing your question and preparing a response.

After you review my response, you are welcome to reply back and follow up. Thanks for your patience. You may get an offer for a phone call from the site, which is a wonderful opportunity and provides the benefit of a second opinion.

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What can I answer concerning the divorce?

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Hello. I'd like to know my options. After our apartment lease was up, my wife served me divorce papers, took all our belongings, sold her car and got a lease, moved all our money to a seperate bank account, and took the kids. I'm currently unemployed and living in a hotel. I've consulted with attorneys, but I can not afford their retainers. I've called legal services, they can't help. I feel there's nothing I can do and I have to answer/counter petition her.
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I also filed a motion for extension of time while I figure this out (not sure if it was granted).
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She has an attorney (he's a friend of hers), pretty sure he just gives her advice and hasn't don't any real work. She filled out the divorce petition on her own.
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You want to have a lawyer to negotiate support, division of assets, custody issues.

Given financials, you can pursue support from your ex. Martindale.com and findlaw.com are both excellent lookup directories. Both highly rated. Both used by lawyers. Easy to search and find local options! You can also locate on superlawyers.com and www.avvo.com. For pro bono free lawyer representation, consider the state bar association and its referral network.

Please let me know if my answer is clear to you or if you have a follow up question for me. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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I have tried both state bar and avvo. They will not do pro Bono and avvo is min $2500 retainer + hourly. My only option right now is to file myself
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Can you share advice on answering her petition? How detailed should it be?
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I believe we can agree on custody/assets between the two of us.
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It's more about emergency relief, child support, maybe alimony
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We've beenarrowd 15 years, I've been the primary caregiver
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You can agree on what you can and judge will decide what you cannot.   The answer to petition need not be very detailed.  Have counsel though, even if pro bono from the state bar association.

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The state bar association doesn't offer pro Bono. Just free consultations.
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Infolawyer, Expert

It helps connect with pro bono lawyers, as can the court clerks office.

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Try this also:

https://www.justia.com/lawyers/family-law/florida/legal-aid-and-pro-bono-services

Please stay safe and healthy!

I hope my replies have been fast and helpful. Please let me know. Thanks.

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