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In the final divorce hearing, my lawyer had me sign a blank piece of paper stating that he had to re-type the inventory for the judge. He actually attached my signature to entirely different document. The community property was never going to be divided but actually was to be awarded to my husband, and I was to get a cash settlement in lieu of taking half the property as his children still live in the home. I paid all the bills with our joint checking account until he filed for divorce. He then immediately turned off the home phone, my cell phone (the kids still had theirs) and tried to take me off the home loan and the car insurance. He opened 3 new credit card accounts against the courts direction not to incur any new debts. I asked my lawyer to file contempt but said he filed an enforcement action which was not effective. He is 3 payments behind on my car. He is past due on the mortgage. My attorney's legal asst stated that the reason I was only awarded $200 for the first two months to live on (groceries, gas, cable(in my name) and my cell phone (a new one I obtained), prescriptions, etc...) was because he was taking care of 3 households. He did move the kids out to his daughter's best friends house and accused me in court of borderline abuse. I have never punished the kids in any way except grounding and taking away certain items (tv, gaming systems etc) yet his daughter has been indicted for assault on me for a choking incident and has yet to go to trial. I agreed to leave the home and all belongings bought during the marriage to make this easier on the children. They are living alone in Burkburnett, Texas. His daughter is 18 (Dec 2008) and his son is 16 and their father is in Kuwait. The closest relative is 110 miles away. I am just the step mother so I have no rights as to the decision of the children, even though I love them as my own. I am worried about them being alone in a large 3 bedroom 1875 sq ft home with the past behavior of his daughter who is supposed to be on Prozac but doesn't take her medications. I was married to this man for 5 years. We divorced in 2000. We re-married March 7, 2006. I have filed for disability and the Disability Atty I saw says that if I am denied it could take up to 18 months to get disability. I have no income. I have spoken to legal aide and they refused to take my case. Can I represent myself and file a motion to withdraw the last thing my atty filed on my behalf. Is it usual practice to reduce my share of the community property by all the past due bills he failed to pay as well as both atty fees, and they are even asking me to pay him back the $550 (my family) paid for mediation out of my share of the community property bringing the amount I would receive down to $107. He receives $11,000 in community property. I did not work during the marriage at his request. I have 2 credit cards that he is refusing to pay and I have not used them at all since being served. I have done everything the court has asked and I just want to get on with my life but would like to get what is fair so that I may pay off and keep my car as that is the only thing I am walking away with. I believe he pursued me and remarried me so that he could go to Iraq/Kuwait to work and as soon as his daughter was nearing 18 years of age immediately filed for divorce. I have kept every receipt for everything purchased and have made a spread sheet which my lawyer had but did not use in court or put into evidence. I also wrote a letter to the judge and asked my lawyer to submit it to the judge which he refused to do. I told my lawyer at the beginning of the case not to submit anything without my prior approval and collaboration which he failed to do on every occasion. He never met with me prior to court to prepare, he never got out of his chair in the court room and he never asked the questions that I directed him to ask. I am in Little Rock now and will send a letter to my lawyer, the judge and the opposing lawyer as you directed above explaining I have fired my Attorney and need additional time. Any additional assistance you can provide is much appreciated. Where are you located and do you know of any Attorney in the Wichita Falls area that may take the fee out of the final settlement since it is almost over. Will the lawyer I fired still get a portion of my settlement? How do I ask for continuing support and payment of my vehicle and auto insurance? I would also like to see his paycheck stubs if at all possible as my husband nor his lawyer ever provided discovery and it was not pursued by my lawyer. I have not seen a paycheck stub since he transferred to Kuwait from Iraq in March 2008. Thank You
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