My husband and I have recently separated. He is from a wealthy family and already has his lawyer in place. We have a 2 year old daughter together. I am trying to file for a legal separation, as well as set up some sort of custody arrangement for our child. I am in a dire financial position with no friends or family nearby who can lend a helping hand. I feel as though there MUST be something that can be done, I’m just not sure what, or how to go about finding out. I am overwhelmed and need some advice.
You may want to consider divorce mediation as a way to handle your concerns in coming to a final divorce agreement. Through mediation you can address your concerns about finances and a parenting plan, without waiting for a lengthy court process. Working through these issues in a neutral setting will allow you to clarify to your husband your needs for a stable financial situation as well as a consistent parenting plan. The mediator would assist in making sure the best interests of your child are considered first and foremost. The cost of mediation could be paid for by your husband, and he would still have the opportunity to use his attorney to assist him in the mediation process and to review any mediated agreement. It would also be of benefit to him to consider mediation, because if you are with out an attorney, the process is going to much more time consuming and difficult for him as well. Mediation allow couples who are separating and divorcing to decide for themselves issues relating to their finances, property and children in a supportive setting designed to encourage agreement.