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I want to file for a divorce. My wife is a chronic alcholic

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I want to file for a divorce. My wife is a chronic alcholic and her legal issues are stacking up. I've tried to help her but it's just not working. Our kids are terrified of her. I want full custody. Bills are to much to bare but I can't stay in this nightmare. Infidelity is a big part because of her drinking. What are my options?

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QUESTION: "What are my options?"


ANSWER: I am sorry to hear of your difficulties. This is a painful chapter in your life, but I hope things do look brighter eventually. You state you want to file for divorce, which leaves you facing two options. First, you could retain family law counsel. For an all-inclusive fee of $20, which is exceptionally modest in today's legal world, you could seek help through the State Bar of Texas: Lawyer Referral Information Service. That is what I would do were I in your shoes. Secondly, you could proceed as a pro se (self-represented) divorce litigant. Unfortunately, unlike some more "user friendly" state jurisdictions, Texas has no standardized forms promulgated for this purpose. Given that children are involved, it is all the more imperative to have a lawyer. In my opinion, which I offer as a member of the State Bar of Texas, it would be exceptionally imprudent to proceed otherwise. Your number one first priority is to confer with local legal counsel. You deserve better than being treated shabbily and I do hope you see justice accomplished with this dispute.


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