Dear openears:

Greetings. It is likely that she will have to pay more in attorney fees than she would gain in alimony. What a good negotiating position she has though…since it sounds like she has you “running scared,” so to speak. Good luck.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
919.787.6668 main phone
919.256.1665 direct fax

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Charlotte, North Carolina 28262
704.644.2831 main voice
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I have been married for 20 months.
I make $40K
My wife makes $20K
I was not unfaithful, nor was she.
she is capable of making more and does have some college education.
I have only high school education
We are 27 years old.
I continue to pay MY mortgage.
She pays for one car payment.
She feels that if she takes it all the way to court, she will definitely get alimony.
What are the chances of that and for how long generally