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My husband and I have been unofficially separated for 3

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My husband and I have been unofficially separated for 3 months and we have 2 toddlers, how can I get support while we are separated.
JA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: TN
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: Not yet, we will do counseling first before filing for divorce
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I just need to know a course of action to receive assistance for our children. I do work full time.
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Family Law
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I am sorry to hear about this situation. Someone in your situation can do one of two things:

1) File for legal separation. As part of legal separation, the Court can award custody and child support as part of the legal separation; or

2) Simpy file for custody/child support alone, without a legal separation. Then, the Court will award custody/child support as a stand-alone order. If he does not fight you for custody and relinquishes custodianship to you, then the state will often HELP you file for custody/child support on your behalf for free - see HERE.

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Hello again. This is a courtesy check in to see if you needed anything else in regards ***** ***** question because you never responded or replied positively. I am simply touching base. Let me know. Thanks!
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