Greetings. Where to start, where to start. Okay, no the court does not generally force you to pay more than you earn, but you and your wife are both in a horrible situation. If you are now earning significantly less than you were earning during the marriage, than you may have the judge order you to pay more than you earn, but the other side would have to prove that you were depressing your income voluntarily and in bad faith.
Now, it sounds to me like neither of you have the funds to pay attorneys to go to court, so you need to come to an agreement. You will be paying alimony and child support. You and your spouse will neither have sufficient funds for much and it looks like your wife may want to file for food stamps and other forms of public subsistence. If you have more specific questions, please let us know. You definitely need to keep some of your funds and pay maybe half of your rent and for your gas. Best of luck.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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