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In some cases they only pay alimony for half the time of the marriage so for a 18 year marriage, 9 years of alimony is standard. CA does not favor long term alimony. Also since you are working long term alimony is not warranted. You can get it increased but $1200 sounds about right plus if the children remain living with you, you should get child support for awhile.
Thanks. Now, my husband travels a lot. we reached a verbal agreement of 70%/30% being the kids with my while he was traveling. Now he wants 50% and says that while he is traveling he can either get a baby sitter or get his mom to take care of the kids. I do not travel, I work very close to home, my kids do not want to spend more time with him. He told me that he can get 50% in court even if he is not in charge of the kids that amount of time. If I am the mother, I am available and my kids prefer to stay with me, do I have a posibility to win in court 70/30? Can he dump the kids on someone else while the mother is available and willing? He says that I have the option to babysit them while he is not available but he does not have to pay.
Do I have a strong case to win 70/30 in court? During last year he has not had the kids more than a 25% and since this year started he has been overseas once for 11 days them 10 days in Las Vegas and a week in FL. All that time the kids have been with me.
I want joint legal and 70/30. Mediator says that I have no chance to get this in court