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toniceaguy
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Alimony after 16 year marriage
      #202021 - 02/21/07 02:38 PM

Let me start by giving you the story: I am 37 year old male, wife is 44. She was previously married and has 3 children from her previous marriage...we have none of our own. We got married when I was 21 and she was 28 just before I left for Desert Storm. For the majority of our marriage she did receive child support and worked part time jobs while I worked full time and went to school full time. For the past 8 years our salaries have moved apart dramatically but she has a good job and there are no kids at home now. We sold our house in July of 2006 so basically the only assets we have left is furniture, cars and a small amount in savings. My question is after 16 years of marriage if I divorce her and she is healthy and has a good job and no kids involved will I have to pay her alimony?

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Re: Alimony after 16 year marriage [Re: toniceaguy]
      #202024 - 02/21/07 02:41 PM

If there is a disparity of income, then yes you will.

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It's quite possible [Re: toniceaguy]
      #202026 - 02/21/07 02:48 PM

that you will pay alimony for up to half the length of the marriage.

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Re: Alimony after 16 year marriage [Re: toniceaguy]
      #202027 - 02/21/07 02:49 PM

There is no certainty of anything in the US court system. I'd check with a lawyer in your state for sure, you will need a legal expert on your side.

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Re: Alimony after 16 year marriage [Re: Miranda]
      #202068 - 02/21/07 03:41 PM

If your salaries are "dramatically" far apart, chances are good you will pay her alimony. Disparity of income is a valid reason for alimony awards.

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Re: Alimony after 16 year marriage [Re: Susanf31]
      #202216 - 02/21/07 07:58 PM

You all are not making me feel very good. I do have a lawyer and he says he is 99.9% sure because there are no kids, she is in good health and is working full time that there will be no alimony.....I guess we will see....I will keep you all informed of the outcome. Thanks for the posts!

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Re: Alimony after 16 year marriage [Re: Kitttien2000]
      #202319 - 02/21/07 10:35 PM

If you earn a lot more, in VA you would

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Re: Alimony after 16 year marriage [Re: trophywife]
      #202328 - 02/21/07 10:44 PM

I would press hard for at least eight years and expect a third of what you year less half what I earn

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Re: Alimony after 16 year marriage [Re: toniceaguy]
      #202334 - 02/21/07 10:47 PM

What state do you live in ?

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Re: Alimony after 16 year marriage [Re: googledad]
      #202416 - 02/22/07 07:38 AM

I live in Alabama and everything I have read states that it is completely up to the judge. I have gotten many different answers on this but the one common answer I get is...It is up to the Judges discretion.

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