I am current the only working spouse and have been for the last 3 years, which is also the length of our marriage.
We’re currently separated and she’s been staying in the home, which I pay for and I also have her on my health insurance and pay for her car insurance.
I currently have many expenses, maintaining the mortgage current, my current rent, my personal expenses, and about $20,000.00 in credit card debt acquired throughout the marriage, even though she was only an authorized user on the account.
What is the guideline for alimony, my gross salary or net salary? Do they take into account all my expenses including the debt that I am willing to fully inherit? Can this debt be leveraged to soften the alimony blow or not?
Would the judge look at the months I’ve paid the mortgage, her insurance, and her health insurance and the time up to when I paid the utilities and consider that alimony? Or would alimony apply only after the divorce is final and I’d have a few more years of it?
My second question - The vehicle she is currently driving, was purchased before our marriage and the title and registration are in my name. In the event she is in an accident, who would be liable? Should I request that she return the car to me until we can settle? Should I remove the tags from the vehicle? Any advise would be appreciated.