Hi, I’m in the early stages of a collaborative divorce. I’m wanting to have a reasonable expectation of alimony before we get to that part of the agreement. We have two young children. We both have master’s degrees. We both have worked in our career for the past 15 years. She typically has to work about 60 hours a week, while I am on a standard 40. I make about 90k and she makes about 60k pre divorce. After divorce she will have to reduce her hours because she insists on primary custody of the kids. Her income will likely drop to about 45k. I’ve used the calculators for estimated child support. The alimony calculators bring up very wildly different results based on the different methods. Is there one method that is popular in NC?
Given our uninterrupted work history is she likely to get alimony just based on the fact she’s in an industry that doesn’t pay well, even for a high level of education? I in no way restricted her ability to earn, she choose her industry.
What is a typical duration for alimony? 3 years, 5 years? Surely not for life right?