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Married in San Antonio, TX in Jan 1988 then went in the Army Mar 1988 and spouse returned to Philadelphia around Apr 88. We have been married for about 25 1/2 years but separated for about 25 of those years..
I was in the Army for 6 yrs had training in Oklahoma and was stationed in Texas and Germany.
I have lived in South Carolina for a couple of yrs and in Texas for an additional year. Moved back to Philadelphia around 1994.
My salary is $29,200 annually and my spouse receives approximately $9,600 annually.
Dear Diana,Given the fact that your income is extremely low, can you tell me what is the amount of alimony that your spouse is seeking?Did your spouse already filed petition for spousal support?Does either one of you have any type of pension or retirement benefits?
No amount has been indicated yet, but yes a petition for spousal support has been filed and received a week ago in the mail.
A hearing/conference is scheduled for a couple weeks from now.
Neither of us are currently receiving pension or retirement benefits.
My spouse is receiving disability (Medicare/Medicaid or SSI) benefits and may not have worked long enough to gain the points needed to receive retirement benefits when the age is reached, but not totally sure.
Other than the Army, I really just started paying into Social Security within the last 3 years, so at this point I don't think either of us has these benefits.
I can't afford an attorney of my own but the letter indicated that I can get one appointed. Is this a wise decision or should I try to scrounge up enough money for an attorney of my own?
If I filed for a divorce now could my spouse try to claim alimony?
Dear Diana,Thank you for your follow up.You can apply for an attorney from the legal aid, if you are unable to hire a private attorney, but I would suggest that you at least consult with a private local family law attorney, so you can obtain a legal opinion and best legal options / strategy to address your current situation.Also, your husband can ask the court to award alimony, but once again, your income is extremely low and it is very unlikely that the court would award any alimony to your spouse, especially given the fact that you have been separated for the entire duration of your marriage.I wish you the best of luck!
Okay, I have a couple of other questions.
I've read something about possibly having to add my spouse to my medical insurance and paying medical bills. I ask this because my spouse has a lot of medical problems.
I never been put on child support but can my spouse request back child support? My child has lived with my mother for numerous years and is now 27 years old.
Can the state petition me to pay child support for the years that my spouse was on welfare?
Thanks so much for the information you provided, it was very helpful.