Husband is working a full time job with the state and is paying adequate child support.
Wife is wanting spousal support/alimony of a LARGE amount. In additional to working his full-time state job, she claims he is working a side business, one in which he doesn’t even have a business license for nor has he ever shown any income from. She did their taxes for 25 yrs and never showed any side income of this “supposed” business.
She lied in court so many times about different things (including admitting to filing a fraudulent tax return the year she decided to divorce him…she forged her husband’s signature on the return & forged his name on the refund check…and kept the entire refund). She lied so many times and contradicted herself repeatedly in court; she (in my opinion) would be deemed a non-credible person.
She is only working a part-time job (12/hrs week) by her choice. She has worked more DURING the marriage, but cut back to part time several years before they separated. She admitted in court that she COULD work more ID she wanted to and that she was capable of doing so.
Is it likely that a judge would base his decision for her alimony claim on a business that is questionable ? There is no evidence showing any income reported in 25 yrs. There was no testimony proving any additional income. She did have his bank statements showing more deposits than his state income (but he testified that was inheritance money that his mom has been giving him all long cause she wants him to get his inheritance while she is still alive). He is already working a 40hr week job and with his monthly expenses (and the child support), he is unable financially to pay any additional support to her.
If he has no business license nor a place to work his “supposed” business (he used to own a garage in his back yard where he tinkered with cars)….and there is no IRS proof of income….is it likely that a judge can order support based on her “claims” of a side business? And should he base his decision on this side business, can the husband appeal this decision? I can’t fathom a judge making a person work two jobs to support a person who is capable of helping herself to begin with – but she just chooses not to do so. And in this case, with no business license nor a place to work a side business (IF HE WANTED TO), I’m not sure how an award could be determined based on something so questionable.
Again, IF a judge in fact orders support based on this “supposed” side business, can it be appealed? He had witnesses to testify that he no longer has access to this garage…and his mom was there to testify about the inheritance that she has been giving him. (But they ran out of time in court, so instead of allowing all the witnesses to testify, the attorneys decided to cut it short – which was hardly fair on the husband’s part – that he wasn’t given adequate time or resources to prove his entire case). Now his future is being held in a judge’s hands who doesn’t have all the facts. If nothing else, can this be brought to the state bar’s attention if he is awarded to pay alimony based on a business that doesn’t exist?
Due to the time restraints, the judge did not making a ruling on the case, but said he would look over everything and make a decision in the next few days…and would let the attorney’s know his decision.
Your thoughts/opinions would be greatly appreciated.