I realize how difficult it must be for you, however it is difficult to find an attorney without having even a small retainer to pay him.
Call the Legal Aid Society and the Bar Association of the county in which you live; If Legal Aid cannot help you, then call the Bar Association - tell them your situation and ask 1) if they have a "Pro Bono" Committee. These are lawyers who devote some of their time to representing people who cannot otherwise afford to pay for a lawyer.
If they do not have such a committee, then see if they can give you the names of a few lawyers who will take a modest retainer. As soon as one of these attorneys takes your case, he or she can file a Petitione for APL (Temporary Alimony, knonwn as alimony pendente lite) and Interim Counsel Fees. This Petition requests that the Judge Order your husband to pay part or all of your counsel fees; you will also hve to show that you are working or at least trying to find a job.
A Petition for Interim Counsel Fees can be filed every so often during the pendency of the divorce proceedings. At the end, your attorney will file a Petition for alimony to see if you are eligible for an award of Alimony and Final Counsel Fees; in this manner, the attorney will be receiving at least part ofhis counsel fees from your husband.
I wish you the best, XXXXX XXXXX not give up!
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