If you make far less money than your spouse, you might fear the power imbalance will put you at a disadvantage during a divorce. Fortunately, Texas law provides you with options.
Financial support during divorce
You’ve looked at your finances. The numbers show that your spouse could afford a lawyer, but you don’t have enough funds. Before you decide you don’t have the resources to divorce, you should know about pendente lite relief.
Most people know about alimony after a divorce, but many have never heard of pendente lite relief. It’s spousal financial support during a divorce. This support can keep you financially afloat and allow you to pay legal fees.
If your spouse doesn’t want to provide financial support or, even worse, wants to make the divorce as difficult as possible, you can still apply for pendente lite relief.
Pro se representation
When you represent yourself during a divorce, that’s called pro se representation. If you and your spouse agree on the terms of the divorce, representing yourself works well. However, if issues are contentious, pro se representation is unwise. If your spouse has an attorney, but you don’t, the power imbalance in legal representation might leave you with less than you deserve.
Many attorneys offer free consultations. You can discuss your situation, decide whether the attorney is right for you and receive guidance. Without professional advice, many people make harmful mistakes in the early stages of divorce.
Help from an attorney
A divorce doesn’t have to leave you penniless. Divorcing a wealthy, powerful person is intimidating. An attorney might be able to help you receive support during your divorce, avoid common pitfalls and get your fair share of marital assets.