Alimony/Spousal Support

Posted by: savecubs

Alimony/Spousal Support - 03/04/10 06:20 AM

I've decided to divorce my wife of 6 years. We have 2 children, aged 1 and 4.

We have been separated for 5 months. I am seeing the kids nearly every day. I am paying all their expenses currently but we're working on a fixed amount.

I gross 8750 (5700 take home) I offered her 2100 a month (1550 Child support) she wants 2800.

She doesn't currently work, but I think she should work from next year on to help support the children. She wants to stay at home until the youngest is 5 years old!

I'm wondering if I went to court, what would a judge award her? She had a good career and worked after having the 1st child for a bit. She just doesn't want to work.

How long will I be required to pay SS? If I have more children, does CS go down?

I'd like to know what kind of payments are expected so I can be fair to her, but on the otherhand, I don't think she's being reasonable to expect me to support her 100% without her trying to help raise the children.

Thank you for your comments and advice.
Posted by: sprinter

Re: Alimony/Spousal Support - 03/14/11 12:40 AM

The judge is going to consider her ability to work and whether she was kept from working during the marriage or simply didn't want to. It's in your interest to get a lawyer and have an agreement drawn up. He can explain to her via a letter what she can expect from the law. She can take that to an attorney of her own and get advice. But her "choosing" not to work probably won't help her in court. You're likely to have to pay support until she can find a job or while she goes to school or something. Most like not more than a year or two. In GA, if she "can" work, the court will expect her to be working towards getting a job.