What should I do if my husband abandoned me? 11 Answers as of February 11, 2011

My husband packed a bag a week ago. He said that he was going on a biking trip and he stopped direct deposit on his check and never came home. He called and said he was not paying the rent or bills but he was coming to pick his things when he returned. He left me with almost nothing. All the bills are due and I have a 3 day pay or quit. He moved in with his ex-girlfriend.

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Michael Rose Attorney at Law
Michael Rose Attorney at Law | Michael Rose
Well you can petition for a divorce and ask for a hearing to get support. Get an emergency hearing to get him to pay the rent.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/7/2011
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
Divorce your husband, seek Spousal Support in the case, and move on with your life.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/7/2011
Michael Apicella
Michael Apicella | Apicella Law and Mediation
Do you want a divorce? If so, you can file a divorce petition, and ask the court for orders on paying joint bills and dividing your community property. Best to call a local family law lawyer to discuss your options.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/7/2011
Diana K. Zilko, Attorney at Law
Diana K. Zilko, Attorney at Law | Diana K. Zilko
If he has not returned to the house, I would suggest changing the locks. Then, if you decide to file for divorce, you can seek an order for payment of support. If you have any further questions, please let me know.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/7/2011
Law Office of L. Paul Zahn
Law Office of L. Paul Zahn | Paul Zahn
You can file for divorce or legal separation and file a request for spousal support and an order for him to contribute to these bills. I would suggest you contact the self help center at your local courthouse for free assistance in preparing and filing the documents.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/7/2011
    Law Office of Curry & Westgate
    Law Office of Curry & Westgate | Patrick Curry
    Contact your local welfare department for assistance, and for Section 8 housing. plus file for divorce and request spousal support.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/7/2011
    Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP
    Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP | Hal D. Bartholomew
    In California the grounds for a dissolution of marriage (Divorce) is irreconcilable differences. There is no need to show abandonment. Your remedy for seeking financial support from your husband is file a request with the Court to have temporary support ordered. This is normally called an order to show cause. You should see an attorney or visit the Family Law Facilitator office located in the local family court for assistance in preparing and filing the necessary paperwork with the court and then serving your husband. There will then be a court appearance where the Judge will hear the case and make orders as to spousal support and other requests.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/7/2011
    Goodman, Dicus, and Teinert, LLP
    Goodman, Dicus, and Teinert, LLP | Paul M. Teinert
    The first thing you need to address the the unlawful detainer notice. This needs to be addressed immediately so that you do not receive a default judgment against you and get removed from your home. Second, you need to address your family matter. There are a number of options including divorce that you may want to consider. Your best bet is to speak with an attorney who can help you decide what course of action is best for you based on your specific situation and needs. If you'd like you may call my office to set up a free consultation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/7/2011
    Goldberg Jones
    Goldberg Jones | Zephyr Hill
    You need to file your Divorce ASAP and also file an Order to Show Cause requesting spousal support and child support if applicable.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/7/2011
    Diefer Law Group, P.C.
    Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
    You have to sue for divorce and support payments.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/7/2011
    Maclean Chung Law Firm
    Maclean Chung Law Firm | G. Thomas MacLean Jr.
    If you decide to file for divorce, you can get temporary orders requiring your husband to pay bills such as rent and to get temporary support while the dissolution proceeds. In your situation, it sounds like the sooner you act the better.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/7/2011
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