Payment vs. Alimony


Dear needsanity:

Greetings. Without performing a full financial analysis, there is no way that I can answer this question.

What I can tell you though is that equitable distribution and alimony are separate issues. Be careful when mixing them.

Also, I have not seen many cars with $9,200 in equity. Many people own a $10,000 vehicle, but they also owe $8,000 or more on it, which would make the equity $2000 or less. Thank you.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
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Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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Hi Rosen:

Question: I’m being told I would owe my STB ex about $14K (9200 equity in car, 5K for loan taken against policy used to pay for mortgage, food, bills).

His lawyer is telling him I should pass up my alimony for 3 years which would equate to about $14,400, in lieu of the debt, or settle for a lump sum alimony payment of $3-5K and he would acquire all of the debt.

Does this sound right at all???[xx(]