Janette, my sister, is mentally disabled. Growing up my mother and father worked hard to make sure Janette received all the training and support she need to be able to function as an adult when they were no longer able to care for her. She had her own apartment, a full time job, could pay her bills, had her new car almost paid for, money in savings, and good credit. Eight years ago she married a man who had social issues. At their wedding his parents assured my mother that Janette would have everything she needed. They own a great deal of land, cattle, several businesses, and are more than financially secure. After 7 years of marriage filled with mental and emotional abuse from her husband and his family, Janette called my brother to come rescue her because the abuse had become physical and more than she could take. Her husband and his parents have put everything Janette thought was owned jointly into their family name leaving Janette with nothing. She can either stay in the marriage and continue to take the mental and emotional abuse or she can go through with the divorce and leave with her bedroom furniture and $1,500.
Janette has totally and completely regressed because of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband and his family. She has nothing, can no longer support herself, her credit is ruined, she has no car, no savings, nothing. She will require extensive rehabilitation and training to get her close to where she was before her marriage. At 50 years of age it will be far more difficult to achieve.
Divorce laws don't address her situation and even though the mediator and judge may have sympathy for her situation, they can't do anything about it.
Where can we get legal help for my sister?