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Good morning Naomi,I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.While the US has laws against criminal neglect of minor children, and of the elderly and disabled and elderly who are entirely unable to care for theme selves, there is no criminal law prohibiting a spouse from failing to drive their spouse to a doctor.I do empathize with your situation as you had no way to easily get to a doctor or a hospital for what you considered either a serious condition or an emergency. And you are correct, an ectopic pregnancy can be a life threatening medical issue.However, in the circumstances that you describe, because you are not completely disabled and unable to care for yourself, nor are you a minor, the state would not consider prosecuting your husband for neglect, or any other harm to you.If your husband has done other things such as hit you, push you or otherwise beat you, then you may file a complaint with the police for domestic violence, and for that they will investigate and prosecute.In addition to the temporary protective order that you now have, you may also file suit in court against your husband and seek either divorce or file a suit for spousal support and seek a court order that he pay you a portion of his monthly income as spousal support while you are separated so that you can pay for the necessities of live.You may reply back to me again, using the Reply to Expert link, if you have additional questions.I wish you the best in your future,Doug
As I suggested, you would be much better off having a local family law attorney do this for you---but if you have more time than money, you can try and do it yourself. Virtually every county has a law library. Ask the law librarian to show you where the books on Pleading and Practice are located. Generally there are many volumes of Pleading and Practice books from which you can pick the proper one for your situation. While the librarian is typically not a lawyer, and cannot practice law, most are quite willing to assist you in locating the chapter in the Pleading and Practice book which you will need.
Once you have found the appropriate pleading, you will note that in addition to the sample pleading which contains all of the necessary structure for your Pleading, there may also be suggestions to make your pleading more persuasive. Prepare your pleading in accordance with the suggested format in the book, inserting the facts of your case as you know them to be. Then all you will need to do is to draft the pleading on your computer, print it out and file the original with the court while serving the other party, or their attorney, with a copy.
You may reply back to me again, using the Reply to Expert link, if you have additional questions.I wish you the best in your future,Doug
Good morning Naomi, As the assault on his wife would have constituted a Class B Felony (Use of a deadly weapon to cause serious injury to a family member), at worst, it had a statute of limitations of just 3 years, and the crime is no longer capable of being prosecuted. And while Arkansas criminalizes the transmission of HIV/Aids, it does not to other diseases. So, no criminal charges are available any more for those instances. Had he knowingly infected her by failing to disclose that he was infected, she could have sued him under Tort law principals. But the limitations period there again, has long since passed. So, she would not have any civil case against him. So, based on the amount of time that has passed, he would not be able to be charged for what happened back in the early to mid 1990's. I'm sorry. Doug
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