Greetings. No, there is not a years of marriage requirement to alimony, and you may end up paying her some alimony, even after only 4 years of marriage.
I am sorry to hear about her continued failures to pass the boards. Maybe she needs to study more?
Whether or not your name is on a debt does not determine if the debt is marital or not. Debts are marital if created during the marriage by either party. I would argue though that her student loan debt is separate. Best of luck.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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