Greetings. No, he cannot make you leave the children and go to work, however the court can take into account your earning capabilities. Also, it may just be what you have to do to afford an attorney and the standard of living you were used to if you do not have alimony.
I cannot tell you how much alimony you should expect as the factors for alimony are many. I recommend that you speak with an attorney in the county where you live to assist you with this question.
Often judges will look into school costs, etc., especially if you are already enrolled. Good luck.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm
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