Greetings. First, start going over and highlighting your legitimate expenses. Take the position of equal income is fair…meaning that for both of you to have the child half of the time and for both of you to have the same disposable income.
Next, come up with a frugal budget for her and show where she is not staying on the budget. Start now telling her that the budget is reasonable, sending her copies of the budget, objecting to bad spending, etc.
Finally, find out when she plans to go to school and for what AND/OR where she plans to work with her current education. Hire an expert for your alimony trial who can testify about her income earning capacity. Thank you.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
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Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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