Hello. I live in Wisconsin and my Ex-husband lives in Indiana. I have never been a resident of Indiana but our divorce went through Indiana. We were divorced in 2004 and married in 1993 in WI. We have no children.
I will explain my situation the best I can:
I am disabled and receive SSI. I have OCD, depression and anxiety. I was diagnosed with all of them before we were divorced and I was hospitalized for them before being divorced. I have found out from Social Security that my Ex-husband could pay some of my bill's directly to the companies and my SSI wouldn't be reduced. And hopefully, this would be backdated. He knew about this at the hearing, but remained silent about it.
I was not at the hearing, I will explain why. My attorney withdrew from my case. She feared getting paid because my Ex-husband lost his job and he was responsible for my legal bill's. I couldn't retain another attorney because he moved all our monies to his private checking account in Indiana. And of course he was not going to give me money to retain an attorney to fight against him. Being still married, our assets and income were too high for me to retain pro bono services. I couldn't represent myself in court, as I felt I needed an attorney to represent me. I also was very ill with the above stated illnesses/disorders. My Ex- husband would not give me money to attend the hearing, had I been able to go. I also faxed the judge right before the hearing, with the above reasons as to why I couldn't attend but the hearing went on. Without an attorney, I had no idea that there was an appeal deadline. So, I feel I have been treated totally unfairly due to the all the circumstances.
I believe I was told that I had to be disabled to receive spousal support, but I was not ruled disabled until I was divorced and started to receive SSI. Another words, I couldn't apply for SSI while married because our assets and income were too high. I also didn't qualify for Social Security Disability, while married, because my work quarters were not worked in the correct time period. I have not worked since 1993.
My Ex-husband also owes my mother $1,000.00. And I have asked him numerous times to pay me $200.00 to get rid of his thing's. And he had alot.... I am unsure if the $1,000.00 and $200.00 situation's were part of my divorce agreement, but I think the $1,000.00 situation was.
I feel I deserve an appeal, even though we are divorced for five and half years. I have read under certain circumstances, you can obtain an appeal. And I feel I am the "certain circumstance"
Thank you so much for any help! srosie