New purchases


My husband wants to buy a new electric car ~40,000 dollars. We would get tax credit for 2018. Then he wants to buy me a new hybrid in Jan ~20k to get tax credit for the next year. First. Could be good. I’d have new car starting out on my own as we are getting ready to separate. Bad cause it’d mean car payments for sure fir his. Could that affect his ability to give me more alimony? Cause he’d have that added expense. We’re getting ready to do a trial separation first so I’m thinking major purchases should be off the table right now. Thoughts?


A new expense could affect alimony because the supporting spouse will need have available income to pay the dependent spouse. Typically it’s best to wait to make a major purchase until all issues related to a separation and divorce or settled unless buying a new car is a necessity at this time.

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