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RWilson42
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What happens when you're the bread winner??
      #768951 - 11/23/11 02:10 PM

Hi,

So things have become pretty terrible between my husband and I, and I'm considering asking for divorce. But right now I'm scared because I am sole bread-winner. My husband owns his own company, and hasn't had income in over a year. While we get by on my salary okay, every penny gets counted. If I file for divorce, what's the probability that I will have to pay him alimony and/or child support (we have a 2 year old)? In all honesty, I don't think I could afford to support my daughter and I, AND pay him. Any other women been in this position?? I'd greatly appreciate some words of advice!!


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Re: What happens when you're the bread winner?? [Re: RWilson42]
      #768959 - 11/23/11 06:10 PM

What happens when you are the bread winner? You pay anywhere from 25-65% of your income to the other parent in support, depending on many factors. Many non-custodial parents move back in with parents, friends or find renters to survive.

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Re: What happens when you're the bread winner?? [Re: RWilson42]
      #769567 - 12/02/11 02:37 AM

In all honesty, I don't think I could afford to support my daughter and I, AND pay him.

---> It's the same for many, many men.

Any other women been in this position??

---> Yes, many higher wage-earning wives are paying alimony. And it's only fair.

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Re: What happens when you're the bread winner?? [Re: RWilson42]
      #769645 - 12/02/11 04:31 PM

What state and how long have you been married? A state-based cs calculator will help you determine how much you would pay him. Alimony can be based on length of the marriage among other factors, including the need one of the spouses has for support.

Your best bet, one that will be more accurate then what you'll find on the internet, is to get a couple of free consultations from attornies. They will be more familiar with your state's guidelines and how your local area courts lean when interpreting the laws.

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Re: What happens when you're the bread winner?? [Re: javajunkiee]
      #774093 - 01/13/12 07:46 AM

Yes, go on some free consults and ask the questions. It may also depend on what he is capable of making with his company or if he was to get another job. If you are making $150,000 a year and he is perfectly capable of getting a job that could bring him a decent income, it may be a different story.

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Re: What happens when you're the bread winner?? [Re: Eve]
      #796072 - 12/11/12 06:45 PM

I just want to respond to the comment about alimony being "only fair" by saying personally everyone should have a sense of personal responsibility and every adult should work or at least be actively seeking work if they are medically able and support themselves. Whatever happened to personal responsibility? Why is laziness at someone else's expense "only fair"?

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