Q: What percent does an ex wife receive for alimony
We were married 30 years and she never worked... she is now getting almost 40 percent of my pay .... is this the legal amount she is owed
A: There is no specific percent or other guidelines for alimony like there is for child support. Alimony is based upon one party’s needs and the other party’s ability to pay. Other factors for the court to consider are the standard of living, the length of the marriage, the age and physical and mental condition of both parties, the financial resources of each party, the education and earning capacity of each party, and the cause of the separation. Since you were married for 30 years and your wife never worked during the marriage, 40% of your income may not be unreasonable.
A: there is no fixed answer for this question. The court determines that amount based on a number of factors, including the length of the marriage, contributions of the parties to the marital estate, etc. without knowing more about the financials and your situation, I do not have an opinion as to whether 40% is fair or unfair, but strictly speaking, there is no "legal" amount of alimony. It is up to the judge.
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