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Old January 7th, 2010, 11:08 PM   #1
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I will make this as short as I can even though it is a very long story. I am having alot of trouble getting a lawyer to represent me in my divorce. My wife started the divorce and she went to the legal aid office here in Monroe. I am on unemployment and I have the house and the kids right now. I cannot go to the legal aid office here in Monroe because of conflict of interest. My wife was just convicted of Domestic Assault against me and arrested for the second time this year for it, first was her mother and she is trying to take custody of the kids. I need to find some help here somehow. There is only the one legal aid office in all of Monroe County and I have tried tons of other outside of the county to take my case but to no avail it is out of their jurisdiction. I really need some help here and if anyone has any advice or somewhere I could go or anything that could help me. I am running out of options really quickly. She makes more than I do and has a job and she got legal aid. Any help anyone would have would be greatly appreciated. Custody to her would be a very bad idea with her state of mind. That and I was always the primary caregiver. Sorry! Tried to make it short!
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Old January 7th, 2010, 11:14 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear about your situation. I wish you the best of luck.
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Old January 7th, 2010, 11:28 PM   #3
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This may be a stupid question but why is there a conflict of interest? I have heard stories of one lawyer representing both parties in a divorce.
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Old January 7th, 2010, 11:30 PM   #4
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Not a stupid question but it is what I was told by them. They refuse to represent me. Almost all the outside agencies are part of thier netwrok as well and they said they couldn't help me either. I have basically been told I am SOL. If I had the cash I would just get a lawyer but with my lower income I have just enough to take care of the house bills, the kids and the food situation. She has not helped finacially at all since she was forced to leave the house.
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I dont know the law of the land as far as Michigan and divorce, but because I filed for divorce first, I also had to pay half my ex's lawyers filing fee's. Close to $3000. Anyone else end up paying out? Oakland County.
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I dont know the law of the land as far as Michigan and divorce, but because I filed for divorce first, I also had to pay half my ex's lawyers filing fee's. Close to $3000. Anyone else end up paying out? Oakland County.
I don't know if it true or not but I heard if you are the one to file first then you have to pay for a lawyer and the other party would be entitled to free legal representation.

What I would do is show up in court without a lawyer and tell the Judge that you need to adjourn this hearing because you don't have legal representation. Then ask the judge about your rights...see if they can appoint someone for you.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 01:40 AM   #7
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Call ADAM maybe they can suggest or do something.

http://www.adamdivorcelaw.com/
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move out of the trailer park
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Call FRED.

Fathers Rights for Equality in Divorce

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Or ADAM as stated 3 times above.
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Lots of lawyers will give you one free consulation. Call a couple lawyers and ask about that and explain your situation to them and see if they have any suggestions. I can tell you this my cheating whore wife filed first and I did not get any of my lawyer bill paid.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 11:10 AM   #11
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Showing to court without a lawyer is not good advice, In the eyes of the court you would be proving you dont have your shit together. As was said, Lots of lawyers will give you one free consulation. Start selling what you can, Borrow from family, Whatever it takes lawyer up and fast.
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I can't sell anything or it goes against me and family and friends don't have money to lend. I need a pro bono lawyer. Trust me if I had the money I would get a good one! I need a lawyer now! or I will have to show up without one. Trust me I have been trying everything I can think of. I have to take care of my kids first and with unemployment and no jobs out there I might be screwed in all of this.......
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I can't sell anything or it goes against me and family and friends don't have money to lend. I need a pro bono lawyer. Trust me if I had the money I would get a good one! I need a lawyer now! or I will have to show up without one. Trust me I have been trying everything I can think of. I have to take care of my kids first and with unemployment and no jobs out there I might be screwed in all of this.......
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Did you call any of the ones like adam or fred?
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Did you call any of the ones like adam or fred?
yep called them both. Both would be happy to help but again it is a money issue. I just don't have it and can't get it. I need to find a lawyer to help me pro-bono. If she can get legal-aid and makes more than I do I should be able to as well. I don't expect everything for free by any means I am just trying to keep a roof over our heads. If I don't do this correctly i am screwed.
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Call the Detroit Bar Association Lawyer referral line at Phone: 313-961-3545.
Explain your situation and they should be able to help you.
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Old January 15th, 2010, 09:07 PM   #18
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Call the Detroit Bar Association Lawyer referral line at Phone: 313-961-3545.
Explain your situation and they should be able to help you.
Tried that as well and same thing. They couldn't help.
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Old January 15th, 2010, 09:09 PM   #19
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X doublewide.
Never lived in a trailer park and never will. Sorry not my cup of tea. I understand the metaphore but not in this case. I just need to deal with this ASAP. If not I lose everything.
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I know that some of the students at Wayne State Law School work for a place called FLAC Free Legal Aid Clinic.... try to get their number and see if they can help.
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