Brief marriages, promises and alimony?


#1

Dear Olefaithful:

Greetings. After two months of marriage, I sincerely doubt the court will bind your husband to support you financially. I think that you will spend more money trying to obtain alimony than you will get, if any. Anyone can represent themselves in a litigation matter, although I never recommend it. Attorneys go to school just to learn the law for three (3) years, learning trial advocacy, legal research skills, and civil procedure (to name a few topics). I think that it is time for a part-time job and maybe some child support from your children’s father? Best of luck … and sorry that I have no good news for you.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney at Law
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
NCDivorce.com
919-787-6668

The response posted above is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only reliable manner to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an attorney, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an accurate opinion. The basic information provided above is intended as a public service but a full discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action.


#2

thanks janet. i had infact already decided that seeking alimony would not be a very nice thing to do. and i can certainly make it on my own.


#3

Dear Olefaithful:

Greetings. I do not believe that you will honestly be able to recover the amount which you would pay an attorney to receive alimony. On the other hand, the length of the marriage is just one factor.

You can always represent yourself in any litigation aspect, but I do not recommend it. The rules of civil procedure, the North Carolina General Statutes, and the relevant case law are something that can confuse even the best attorney at times. Best of luck and sorry that I don’t have more positive news for you.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney at Law
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
NCDivorce.com
919-787-6668

The response posted above is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only reliable manner to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an attorney, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an accurate opinion. The basic information provided above is intended as a public service but a full discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action.


#4

I met my husband in February 2001 shortly after starting grad school. He began financially supporting me aprox 3 months later. A year and a half later in August of 2002, we were married and he moved in with my teens and I on the promise that the merging of two households would improve finances and I would be able to finish graduate school without financial worries. Two months later, he walked out but continued to provide some financial support for about 6 months until May of 2003. Then he got mad at me and stopped the support. While the support lasted, it was anywhere between $500. to $1000. per month. I have been unable to make ends meet since and am getting deeper and deeper into debt. I have a teaching assistance of $15,000/yr which is not nearly enough to support me. He makes aprox $80,000. I have one more year of school to go and need alimony to allow me to afford to finish school in May 2004 and find a job. Although I received financial support while we were together for aprox 2 years, we were only living together as husband and wife for 2 months. What are my chances of getting temporary alimony to allow me to complete school after such a short marriage? I might add that I already have a Masters and returned to get a PhD so I already have the earning potential. However, I have already completed three years and I was in school when he met me and made financial promises. Is filing for alimony something I can do myself in Wake County because I have no money for legal fees?