GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - Are you trapped in an unhappy marriage because you have no access to money? If your partner controls the finances and tells you that if you leave he will take the kids, the money and the house and leave you penniless, don't you believe it. You have a right to your share of all of the marital assets and you can even be awarded fees to pay for your attorney fees.
Although attorney fees are not always awarded, your attorney should request the judge to award attorney fees if there is a large disparity of income or access to marital accounts. Often, judges will award money toward attorney fees in these circumstances. In addition, you have a right to half of your husband's retirement account accrued during the marriage, equity in the marital home, and any other assets obtained during the marriage.
One of the first things we tell our clients is do not believe what your husband is telling you about what will happen should you file for divorce. Often, it is a means of control to ensure that you will not leave. If you want information about what will occur, make an appointment with an attorney and tell them your circumstances and ask what your rights are and what may happen to you. Many offer free consultations. In that way, you will be armed with accurate information to enable you to make an informed decision about the fate of your marriage.
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