If your PSS award does not have a termination date that means it will continue until an alimony order is entered, or until the court orders PSS to be terminated. This is not uncommon when you have a long term marriage. I believe that anyone will settle for the right offer. You might want to consider going to mediation on the issue of alimony to see if both of you can work it out, if you make the right offer then her attorney will advise her that she has little chance of receiving more money in court.
Generally people do not receive more in alimony than they have received in Post Separation Support unless there is a significant factor affecting income that the court did not consider in the first hearing. The court will not force her to return to work, however if they believe she is suppressing her income in bad faith, then they will calculate alimony as if she was still earning what she used to earn.
Generally alimony is for half the length of the marriage, but that is just a rule of thumb, I have seen awards that are shorter or longer based on the circumstances. because you and your spouse have been married a long time, you may be ordered to pay alimony until retirement, or if you are both fairly young, you may be ordered to only pay for half the length of the marriage.
The court will not consider college expenses in making a ruling on alimony. I always advise clients that if you can do it, settlement is always the best option.
The courts will not order you to sell a home that is your separate property.
Helena M. Nevicosi
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm
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