I’ve been puttering around with the numbers, and there is pretty much no way that my spouse can claim that she’s a “dependent spouse” in that she can easily pay all expenses with a few hundred left over each month. To determine this, I used a commonly used financial affidavit form. This financial affidavit form is very comprehensive, and takes into consideration every expense and source of income I can imagine.
Her monthly income (net) after expenses is around $500. This is based, by the way, on a 4-day work week. If she worked a fifth day, then this number almost doubles!
My monthly income (net) after expenses is around $2,000.
We have no children. Marriage is currently 5.5 years (approx).
To me, she isn’t a “dependent spouse.” But, I’ve heard lawyers say that NC considers the lower earning spouse to always be dependent.
If we divorce, there will be ZERO reduction in her quality of life.
Given these factors, is my wife a “dependent spouse” in the eyes of the law here in NC?