John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
Clearly she needs to file for divorce in order to set child support, allocate parental responsibilities, and resolve the division of marital property and debts. The sooner she does so, the sooner she can get on with her life. She will be expected to find employment and become self-sufficient within a reasonable time frame. But, in the meantime she should be entitled to both temporary spousal support and child support - both of which require a court order. If she can't, or isn't willing, to begin divorce proceedings, she can go to the local Child Support Enforcement Unit in her county of residence for assistance in getting only child support. That could take much longer than doing it through a divorce case.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson | Michael E. Hendrickson
She should contact the local district office for state child support enforcement and arrange an appointment to go there and apply for full services. (No charges to the applicant.) In Virginia it's called DCSE (Division of Child Support Enforcement) and is part of the Department of Social Services (DSS).
Answer Applies to: Virginia
Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
File for divorce or legal separation and seek a temporary order setting child support. Or file for "separate maintenance" which means you haven't started a divorce or separation but husband will be ordered to support his wife. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Arnold & Wadsworth | Brian Arnold
She needs to file for a divorce and ask for temporary orders where the judge can grant her immediate child support. Here in Utah the Office of Recovery Services would then start the garnishment process to make sure she gets the child support. We are Arnold & Wadsworth and we provide clients with representation in the area of Family Law. We offer free consultation so feel free to call our office.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Kaczmarek Law Firm, LLC | Bridgette D. Kaczmarek
She can definitely get child support. She has one of two ways. She can either file a divorce and seek child support that way, or she can go directly to the Family Support Registry and they can help her get child support without having to file additional court documents (like a divorce). I would suggest she start at the Registry first and the move from there. This way she can get financial support quickly. Good Luck!
Answer Applies to: Colorado
The Davies Law Firm, P.A. | Robert F. Davies, Esq.
I can help. She needs to get the court process going, to order him to pay child support and take it out of his paycheck. She needs to help the court system to do this. I can explain. Give me a call, make an appointment to come see me, and let's get moving on this for you. No charge for the telephone call and no charge for the first office visit.
Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
She will eventually need to file an action for legal separation or divorce. However, if the children are in her care, she may file documents with the child support office in her county and for a $25 fee, that office will commence a child support action.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
She should file a divorce case and an Order to Show Cause for Child Support and Spousal Support and Attorney's fees. If she can afford (or find) an experienced Family Law Attorney to represent her, she should do so - even if she has to borrow money from family or friends. She should at least seek a private consultation with an experienced Family Law Attorney to determine her options. If necessary, she can go to her local Superior Court's Self-Help clinic for assistance in preparing the appropriate paperwork. Alternatively, she can contact the local child support agency (CSSD if she is a Los Angeles resident) to seek child support on behalf of the children - but the agency won't seek Spousal Support (Alimony) or attorney's fees on her behalf, and won't handle a divorce case for her.
Answer Applies to: California
Kelly A. Broadbent, Esq. | Kelly Broadbent
In Massachusetts it is possible to file a complaint for divorce or for separate support at the Probate and Family court in the jurisdiction that she resides is. Depending on her income level, she may be able to have fees waived with an affidavit of indigency. Also, a lawyer of the day is typically present to assist with filing the forms.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts