Greetings. First, if you committed adultery during the marriage, or shortly after the date of separation, then your wife’s alimony claim becomes stronger. Yes, you may owe your wife a couple of hundred dollars a month for approximately one year in alimony, but it would likely cost her more in attorney fees then you would pay. I would advise that you agree on some amount, BUT if you are left paying all the marital debt, then you may not technically still be able to pay the support. You should speak with an attorney about the entire situation…as knowledge is power and it would be worth the cost. Good luck.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
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Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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