Lenny1970 wrote:Can someone tell me if they think I'll have to pay alimony? I make about $85k. My wife makes about $75k. I sometimes think my lawyer is working for my wife. My lawyer told me that alimony is based on who paid for what when the couple was married. In my case, I paid 100% for everything out of a combination of savings, my pay and having some debt. My wife's paycheck would go into savings, her 401k & her IRA. If I'm following my lawyer's logic, I'm going to have to pay alimony even though our salaries are about the same and all the kids are grown. That doesn't make sense. But since I paid for everything while we were married, my lawyer is saying I should expect to pay alimony? Is my lawyer correct? Or do i need a new lawyer? Thanks.
Welcome to USA - The United States of Alimony. Don't blame the lawyer, he is correct. You will be paying alimony in the USA. I assume you marriage was a long term, more thatn 10 years. Here is how it will work:
- They will combine you salaries, divide by two, get the average, and that would be her expected income. That's 80K. She is short by 5K, and that what they are expected you to pay per year, and maybe permanently.
Not a big deal in this country.