I wish our town had 'free consultations', all the good ones charge away!
ebyrd, what you outlined sounds right, coming from a layman, from what I have found. You should find a lawyer who can answer your questions fully and with whom you feel comfortable asking for clarification. What you are doing now, supplementing your information from other sources, should also help tremendously to give you a good base for understanding. :)
Good luck. I'm only in my 30's but my husband of 13 years has just pulled the rug out from under my feet. I feel for you, betrayal (because that's what it is if he has cashed the joint check without your approval/knowledge) is never easy to deal with.
ODAT- one day at a time!
EDIT: Lol, NOW I look at the date! :o
Edited by Lynnlin (07/08/07 01:02 PM)