Greetings. First, before I answer any of these questions, let me ask you how long you have lived in this negative and manipulative situation?
Now to the questions:
The separation agreement is generally drafted by your attorney and then the specific terms are negotiated between your attorney and your spouse or spouse’s attorney. If he does not agree, very often an attorney can give him specific motivation to work on the separation agreement and settle.
Fault is useful in alimony claims. You can always testify about what you know and subpoena the woman into a deposition or court, but if you are a dependent spouse, you probably don’t need the fault evidence to get alimony. It is just “icing on the cake,” so to speak.
You have a good idea about the bad parenting through financial irresponsibility.
Generally, no a 15 year old felony will not be a factor in the custody action.
No, financial resources are not as important in custody (since he can pay child support) as consistent and good parenting. I agree with your analysis on what a judge would value.
Child support now is automatically garnished from his wages. He may not want to pay a dime, but his employer would pay for him automatically.
Keep your head up and let us know if we can assist you!
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney at Law
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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