Hello. I'm 38 and in the process of ending a 19 year marriage in Florida. During my marriage, I thought I was doing the right thing by taking on the role of breadwinner and letting the wife's primary concern be the kids and the household. As I'm finding out now, that could end up coming back to haunt me. I have my trial in about a month, just trying to wrap my head around what to expect...
We didn't live a lavish lifestyle. We lived in a family member's house (rent and mortgage free). I drive a 24 year old Jeep (joint owned) and she drives a 2013 Ram 1500 (solely in my name) that she currently has. We've been separated since May 2016. I filed in July 2016 and am still waiting for my day in court.
Anyhow... I'm predicting that she's going to ask for basically all of what I make. I'm just under $50k annually, and supply her and the kids (3) with health insurance through my work. Obviously after the divorce I can't insure her but the kids will still be on me. We have stuff... A garage full of tools (probably $3000 worth), a boat ($3-5000) and all household items. My question is, can stuff take the place of an alimony payment? If walking away from everything but my freedom be a form of payment? One option I've been suggested is keep paying for the truck, which is $370/month and let her have it. There is about 4 years left on that loan. Is that a likely candidate for payment?
Almost forgot. She is also 38 and has the kids full time. She has about the same amount of college behind her that I have, and has spent some time as a substitute school teacher as recently as 2016. I'd describe her as more able than willing.
Edited by Camico1779 (08/11/17 05:42 PM)