Q: My husband of 21 yrs walked out on me & our daughter. Shocked. Didnt see that coming. Can I get 21 yrs alimony ?
I supported us over half our marriage. We decided I would stay home as I'm just about disabled. To care for our daughtr, home and dog. He would go to school for nursing after 1st yr. I would go to school. He finished his first yr as a RN. He literally walked out on us one day and moved in with his girlfriend & 3 kids. He wouldn't even give 2 mins to discuss it. After 21 yrs. Temp. Custody hearing we have 50/50 he manipulates that. Along with everything else. He left me with nothing. I recieve $322 biweekly for child support and alimony. (Temp. Support) When at that time he was a RN at 2 hospitals full time. I now have a lawyer I meet with in 2 weeks to start up the divorce again
My family helped to retain as I have no income. (Trying to apply 4 disability). Because he was bullying me pretty bad.
It's been a yr & a half. I'm still beyond devastated. And he seems to enjoy my suffering. Can i expect more then 322 biweekly. And for how long.
We dont own anything.
A: I am so sorry that you are going through this. The duration and amount of maintenance depends on numerous factors, including need and ability to pay. To determine the amount, his income would also be known. A 21 year marriage is considered a long term marriage. Maintenance could be limited term or indefinite, depending on the finding of the Court. The length of the marriage, your health/disability and sacrifice for his education and earning potential are all factors in your favor. Your attorney should be able to provide you with guidance. The amount and duration are within the Court's discretion, unless you can negotiate a satisfactory amount. Good luck?
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