So what do people do when they are too poor to afford the aftereffects of a divorce?
I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Nebraska and Iowa divorce laws where I am licensed to practice.
Many people operate under the misconception that they must pay for two households or that half of their paycheck will go to their soon-to-be-ex.
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Each state has different statutes governing alimony and child support and the amount that can logically be garnished. This is based on the circumstances of the parties, length of the marriage, time spent away from the work force to take care of a household, etc. Each case is different, and every state has different guidelines regarding the same.
It is my understanding you are having issues affording the filing fees for any court actions. Each state should have legal aid or some other type of legal assistance group that can either direct you to free or reduced legal assistance.
Often times these services can be located in the courthouse. You may also find a local "self-help" desk for learning to file on your own. Many times there are people can direct you on how to file on your own, or how to have filing fees waived in a divorce, if this is an option where you live.
Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.