Wilmington, NC asked in Divorce and Family Law for North Carolina

Q: Will I receive alimony and possibly a majority share of assets and/or reimbursement for attorney fees?

My husband of 8 yrs left in 3/18 and is filing for divorce (100% his choice).

I moved from TX, where my family lives, to NC to marry him. I gave up 3 yrs’ of alimony from my ex and sold stock I received in that divorce to make $60k in repairs to my husband’s home (we refinanced in both our names and added me to the title).

Because I couldn’t afford the home, I moved out, and my husband moved back in. My dad cosigned on a cheaper house (my husband signed away his rights to it).

I have high medical costs due to a preexisting illness. I exhausted my stock proceeds by paying all medical and household expenses, plus my kids’ expenses. My husband paid the mortgage and health insurance.

I haven’t found a job yet (my yrs as a SAHM are hurting me). Also, my husband was verbally abusive and abused alcohol and marijuana.

I want 4 yrs of alimony, attorney fees, and a majority share of both home equity and 8 yrs of his future pension. What are my chances of getting that in court?

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1 Lawyer Answer

Amanda Bowden Houser

Answered
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: You can look at a chart and calculate child support - you can't do that with equitable distribution. There are many factors that can be considered and a Judge has wide discretion to decide. The best thing is for you and your spouse to sit down and decide something fair yourselves for free or at very low cost with the guidance of an attorney or you can duke it out in court and pay strangers often quite a bit to decide for you.

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