I filed for divorce in December of 2011. I have been through 2 different attorneys and spent over $10,000 and nothing has been done on my behalf I am still at the same point I was when this started. I am under temporary orders to pay child support for 3 kids, paying the mortage and car payment, numerous credit cards, and half of child daycare during the summer months. I have no home, no money, and it seems I just keep getting railroaded and no one can protect my rights or get me in front of a judge to end this. This is in the state of Ohio in a small town. I am having to default on my credit obligations to try and pay this attorney that hasn't done anything for me and also my wife had written bad checks to overdraft our joint checking account for 60days causing them to close the account and get me black listed in the banking system. What should I do? I am out of money, trying to protect my credit, homeless, have no money to travel to see my kids since I am in another state. I need to get this divorce over quickly so I can move on, but I also need to be protected from financial ruin.
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I guess for starters I am wanting to know what legal steps would you take if you were in my situation? How can I speed up the process to get this case in front of a judge? How can I find an aggressive attorney that is going to take a stance to protect my legal rights? My objective is to end this divorce as quickly as possible with nothing more than what is legally right and fair by law. My spouse and I cannot agree upon terms she sent me a proposal which is utterly crazy and impossible.
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