Thank you for the opportunity to assist you, and thanks for your patience.
Q) How do I survive? How do I get a form of "housewife-for-20-years" support NOW?
Your attorney should immediately file a petition to obtain an order of legal separation
from your local supreme court (trial court.) This can be the court in the county or city where you live, where your spouse lives, or where you and your spouse last lived together.
The ground for legal separation is that your husband effectively abandoned you by forcing you to move out. He also failed to support you, which spouses are legally required to do for one another.
In the petition filed with the court, the lawyer can and should ask for temporary maintenance. That's NY's version of "alimony
." If your ex was the breadwinner for 20 years, and suddenly you've been kicked out and have no income, obviously you need maintenance payments to survive, at least for now.
You can calculate about how much maintenance payment you'll get here:
(You may have to download the form to get it to work.)
The attorney should ask for an emergency hearing. That will be the very fastest hearing he can get so that your spouse can receive notice of the court hearing, appear with the necessary financial information, and begin making payments to you.
As for your attorney not acting swiftly enough, I don't know why that is. I'm assuming you've made it clear to your attorney that you're destitute and that you have to have spousal maintenance
immediately? If not, obviously you need to communicate that ASAP.
I'd call the attorney's office first thing tomorrow and speak to him or his legal secretary or paralegal. Ask what's the status of filing for the emergency legal separation and getting a temporary spousal maintenance order. If a petition hasn't been filed, or if you don't have a date for court very soon, it may be time to move on to another attorney. If the latter is your decision, demand that the attorney refund your retainer.
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