I am in New Jersey.
I do not claim direct physical abuse.
I have been so severely abused over the past 20 years that I can barely function.
I canít work at all. I need a place to live and time to heal before I can hope to support myself.
My lawyer refuses to represent my case with emotional abuse as a significant factor.
He dismisses what I say, ignores me, feigns deafness or, when I can get him to hear me, has a poor memory Ė the next time we talk, he acts as though he didnít hear or understand, and around the fruit loop we go. Sometimes he openly laughs as though Iím overly sensitive.
He miss-represented me and lied to me in my Early Settlement Panel meeting, so that we were all at cross-purposes and the whole thing was wasted. Then he made excuses afterward that he didnít understand.
Both lawyers have dragged out the discovery time way beyond the legal limit. I need certain info from my husbandís roggs, but I canít very well push for it because they havenít received my answers. Iíve asked my lawyer several times, but he drags it on and on.
I canít afford another atty. I have no cash at all, but Iím not eligible for any kind off legal assistance because Iím living with a spouse who has an income.
I have a friend who is a corporate attorney, and belongs to a network. My current atty took this case, at a reduced rate, as a professional courtesy to my friend.
My lawyer also wasted our first mediation meeting, but the details are more complicated.
All he does is make a mess of things and confuse everyone.
We have another meeting coming up. Can I say that I donít want my lawyer there at all?
And the main question remains, does the court ever take emotional abuse seriously?