thank you for your reply, but i still have questions regarding spousal support.
we have NO CHILDREN, and i have been out of the job market for over 20 years and have no intent of working due to health issues. what am i entitled to in terms of spousal support if we've been married for 24 years but again, we have no children, we have lived separate lives for the last 10, and i am financially dependent upon him?
and if he files for the divorce in illinois instead of indiana, how will this harm and/or benefit me in terms of spousal support? is spousal support guaranteed if our only assets right now our our home in indiana which is upside down & a home in wales?
also, i am living in the U.S. under my husband's work visa. i do not want to move out of the country after the divorce as i am currently involved in another relationship & have been living with another man for the last few years (but all my mail & correspondence and i.d. shows my home address with my husband). but my boyfriend has no $, is collecting unemployment & i can not rely on any income from him.
i do not want to sell our home in indiana. it is a very nice home in an upscale community, but there is no equity because we are upside down on the property & we currently are under a loan modification. my husband says he can barely afford the home under the new loan modification agreement (he moved to illinois when he lost his job in indiana & to my understanding, has a lesser paying job in illinois & now has additional living expenses--how can i be sure he's not lying?).
he's been trying to get me to agree to sell it but again, it's upside down. will i be forced to agree to sell the house in the divorce? why should we sell if 50% of 0 equity is 0?
so my main question is, how can i get significant spousal support? and if he has a relationship with a woman in illinois, does this help me in any way to obtain spousal support? i have a suspicion his girlfriend is also pregnant. how does this affect me in the divorce and my spousal support?
i am also in a relationship outside our marriage and i assume this would be considered adulterous on my part -- he suspects i've been living with my boyfriend, but he can't prove it. do i have to disclose this information during the divorce proceedings?
i also do not have a college degree and do not want to work or try to get training to enter the work force after our divorce. i am 51 years old and do not see a point in working a menial job. i can't really prove any incapacity, but my health has declined. i just do not and can not mentally get myself to work. our lifestyle and standard of living was high, despite the fact he does not make as much as he did before.
my husband's a chartered accountant and has a high position as a CFO in illinois with a small company. since we have no children together and because i do not have a college education, what is the best way for me to position myself so i am awarded spousal support?
what is standard spousal award with no children and no college education --20%, 30% or 50% of his take home pay?
and how do i find out what is pay is since he's in illinois & i do not have access to his paychecks?
and if he is about to father a child from his current girlfriend while we aren't even divorced yet, how does this effect my spousal support if he files in illinois? if he files in indiana?
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