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how can i survive my upcoming divorce without becoming destitute? it's the worst time in the economy for this to happen, and i have no savings, and am worried my husband will claim he can't afford spousal support.
No time is a good time for a divorce but there are lots of things you can do for you.
I gather since you mentioned spousal support but not child support that there are no kids involved. This definitely makes things easier.
First you have to take a good hard look at your finances. Things will change after the divorce. What do you think will be the minimum you will need to live on? Are you working? Will you be able to stay where you are or could you get money from selling your house and splitting the proceeds and moving into a smaller place?
If you can, I would get a friend to help you through all this. You need to be very practical right now and having an outside party look at things often helps. You may also be able to get financial advice from your bank. There is also lots of info online.
You are not alone and there is a lot of help out there for you. Getting through this will be a learning process in so many ways!
Most of all, hang in there!