I live in Colorado and have been married for 14 years. My husband, for the last 3 years has been having issues holding onto jobs and has taken pay decreases. Do you know if there would be a consideration for me to have to pay spousal support since I have held a steady job and make more?
State/Country relating to question: Colorado
it is possible, but both spouses are obligated to do their best to be self-sufficent and to earn at their potential. If a husband is working below his potential, the courts will not "reward" him by lowering his spousal support obligation.
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I'm not sure if this answers my question or not. I am not getting spousal support nor would I ask for it. We are not going through a divorce yet; I am thinking about one. I am wondering if I will have to pay it. My husband is the one that is the deadbeat at this point in keeping a job.
The question is whether you would have to pay for the divorce itself? The litigation aspect? I did understand that you are gainfully employed and that your husband is the deadbeat.
No not the divorce itself; I would assume I have to pay the bills for my atty and he has to pay the bills for his. Is there the possibility that I would have to pay spousal support because he has not held a steady job for 3 years and has taken pay cuts when he does infact have a job? I think out of the last 3 years years; he has actually worked a year of it. I know you cannot predict what the courts will think; such as, is he trying to stay employed or not because of the economy.
Yes, it is definitely a possibility, but much more so for the short-run than the long-run.
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