If you've been married for 27 years, does your spouse have to pay alimony?
Question Details: My husband gets veterans benefits and is receiving back pay; he has a retirement account. How do I get him to help me with my bills I have our daughter who is attending college. After 27 years of marriage aren't I entitled 2 alimony? I also have a signed and notarized separation agreement. I need to know what my rights are.
A spouse may have to pay alimony: it depends (to oversimplify) on the following factors:
1) Who provided more or most of the income during marriage?
2) Who has greater earning potential?
Typically, the higher-earning spouse and/or the one who in fact supported the family during marriage will pay alimony or spousal support to the other spouse. So whether you are entitled to alimony in your case will depend on who earned more, who supported the family more, and who has more earning potential now.
It is also possible that he would be ordered to help pay for your daughter's college, but that will be based on a case-by-case analysis: can he afford to pay? how much can he afford to pay? what the quality or nature of the relationship between him and his daughter--are they estranged? etc.
Since so much depends on the specific facts, you are strongly advised to consult with a family law attorney to understand what you may be entitled to.
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