Greetings. Yes, she is a dependent spouse, even if she supported herself. Now, the statute says that she must be substantially depedent or actually dependent. The deal is how can she with $22,000 in income keep herself up to the same standard of living that she had during the marriage with you?
On the otherside, I think that you could argue no alimony based on the fact that she has been doing fine without the same, as long as she has not accumulated a lot of debt, etc. Thank you.
Janet L. Fritts
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