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I need alimony money from my husband. How does that work?

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Question - (8 July 2013) 6 Answers - (Newest, 9 July 2013)
A female United States age 30-35, *abeen writes:

my husband s filing for a divorce. There is no money in the house and we dont have any other assets together but i want him to give me alimony. i just want to know what is going to be on the divorce papers? Is it going to have question on how much alimony i can get? i have no idea how it works but i do need the money i'm totally dependent on him and have no idea how it works

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A female reader, Honeypie United States + , writes (9 July 2013):

Honeypie agony auntActually, she get alimony even at her young age. (depending on which state she lives in and how long the marriage has lasted).

OP YOU need to find yourself a lawyer and go from there. IF and that is a big IF.. you DO get alimony it will ONLY be for 12 months tops unless you have a pre-nup (and a few other restrictions, but 6-12 months is often the norm)

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A female reader, Tisha-1 United States + , writes (8 July 2013):

Tisha-1 agony auntSabeen, if your husband has filed for divorce then he has seen an attorney. You need to find one as well. Your attorney can then help guide you through the process and help you navigate the waters here.

Drop everything else you are doing and find a good divorce lawyer. Contact friends if you need a referral. Good luck.

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A female reader, So_Very_Confused United States +, writes (8 July 2013):

So_Very_Confused agony auntyou need a good attorney.

I got alimony back in 1989 because I was a SAHM to his two children but it was limited ending either at one years time or when I found a job. It had nothing to do with child support either.

so if you need alimony to help you find a job and get back on your feet, then you need a good attorney to help you get it if you can't ask your husband what his plans are.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (8 July 2013):

Alimony was morally acceptable back when women had few opportunities for good education and careers.

But the average 20-something American woman these days has a fairly equal shot at earning money compared to the average guy. Sometimes even better. Young women are certainly getting educated at higher rates than young men now.

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A female reader, eyeswideopen United States +, writes (8 July 2013):

eyeswideopen agony auntYep it depends on how long you were married and your state's divorce laws. But judging by your age bracket, alimony doesn't seem likely. Check with your lawyer ASAP.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (8 July 2013):

It depends on what state you live it, and often it's a certain percentage each month of his weekly income divided into the number of years you have been married as to how long you will receive it. He will likely have to pay for most of this divorce if not all because of your present lifestyle, but make sure that you have legal representation so you do not get screwed over with nothing. You need some time to get on your own two feet which will require some financial assistance from him.

However, you are a grown women and you should not be dependent on a man. You need to learn to take care of yourself and get a job of your own to support yourself. You will not be able to live on alimony. Start working on that immediately.

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