How much is she asking for, and for how long?

IMNSHO, she may not get anything if she files in court. Of course, that’d be up to the judge. (Attorney’s fees award to the dependent spouse is possible as well, and is entirely up to the discretion of the judge.)

Of course, it might be cheaper to offer a small amount of alimony for a very short amount of time.

You get to take the alimony off of your taxes, and you can minimize the amount of attorney’s fees you both spend.


btw, I don’t see that she would be granted anything in excess of over $225/mo. (I took your gross income, and her “net” income (is that her AGI or her taxable income?), found the median, and then divided the difference between the median and her income by 12 for the monthly amount. Median between your gross and her “net” is about $68,000, difference is about $28,000/yr, giving $225/mo.)


Unfortunately, even with the specific financial details you have given, I cannot answer this question for you, alimony is subjected and based on many factors. I could not analyze this without reviewing all the facts in your case, including the non-financial issues.

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I would be grateful for just a quick answer to the following question based on your experience.

Wife and I married 5 years
I make $96,000 per year
She grossed $78,000 last year self-employed. She netted down after tax write-offs to $39,600. Some questionable write-offs.
No children between us.
She worked the entire time we were married.
I supported her son from a previous marriage the entire time we were married (ex-husband lives local and shares costs) w/ no child support payments from ex-husband.
Divorce is based on irreconcilable differences. No one cheated or anything like that.

Based on these simple facts, what, if anything, could I