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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.
What state do you live in? Are you planning or willing to file for divorce?
Every state has different laws on this. Where do you live?
Thank you. I'm going to opt out and let you talk to someone who is more familiar with North Carolina's laws in this area. Please do not reply, as that can cause delays. I apologize for the inconvenience.
North Carolina follows a rule called the Doctrine of Necessaries, where a wife can be held responsible for the costs of her husband’s “necessaries.” They include items that are required for one’s health and well-being, such as medical care, food, clothing, transportation, and shelter. So, you can sue your wife and obtain an order of support for these items; which order can be backed by the threat of jail time or fines.
You may be able to claim abuse and neglect to challenge her parental rights.