I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.
Yes, you can file now, asking for alimony, even if you haven't gotten the divorce papers yet. To start, go to the courthouse and make copies of the documents he filed. Most courts charge a small fee to make these copies, so you might want to call first to ask what that is and what forms of payments they'll accept. Once you have the paperwork, you can file an Answer along with a Request for Order seeking temporary maintenance until the case is over. You have 30 days to respond after you're served with the documents, but if you're going to pick them up personally, the 30 days will start when you get to the courthouse. You want to see everything he filed, though, in case he's claiming you've already been served.
You're legally entitled to half of all assets acquired during the marriage, even if you weren't working due to your immigration status. Keep that in mind when reading the papers and replying. This site has more information for you:
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