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How long can the filing spouse drag out the divorce proceedings.

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How long can the filing spouse drag out the divorce proceedings. He is an attorney, representing himself, I am disabled, (ssid married over 10 years paying me maintenance with nothing on paper) he does not do anything he says. So far it has been filed on May 2007. I have limited money (already paid 5000.00) and can not afford to pay my attorney anything more. He has wasted alot of money by doing and calling my attoney and wasting his time and not answering and providing me with information he says so that I can proceed as well as harrasing me. I am woried that he is trying to pull something and dont know how to come up with money to pay another attorney. My attorney is fed up with his stalling and incompent responses that he at one time tried to withdraw from the case. I also moved to another city in texas since Sept 2007. Is there a time limit and should I be concerned. PLEASE ADVISE
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  AlexiaEsq. replied 8 years ago.

Dear Bonnie,


Thank you for your question and I look forward to assisting you. Please keep in mind that I can only respond to your post and the information contained in it, as I do not know what you know unless you describe it fully. Also, due to site tech reasons, oftentimes I am initially only able to see the first part of your post, so I apologize in advance if I ask a redundant question. In addition, there often are future facts that are as yet undetermined in your matter, that can and must leave some areas of information provided by me broad in nature.


That being said, in order to better assist you, could you please clarify for me:


If you attorney has filed any Motions, such as

Motion to Compel Discovery,

Motion for Sanctions,

Motion for Pendente Lite Spousal Support/Maintenance,

Motion for Attorneys Fees?


If you are not sure, look at your billing statement from the attorney where he shows where he spent any money - they should be detailed there, or at least mentioned if they happened.


I look foward to assisting you.




Stephanie O. Joy, JA Legal Expert


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