Do I have to pay spousal support if my husband loses his job because he won't follow the work rules?

Asked over 1 year ago - Erie, PA

My husband and I are have been separated for 4 months. He is on the verge of losing his job because he refuses to go to work. He is on his VERY last discipline step. This has been an ongoing issue in the marriage and one of the reasons I am getting out,. I have worked 10 and 12-hr days 7 days a week to keep us afloat, but that kind of overtime is not available now, so it is impossible for me to make up the money he keeps losing. He is throwing everything we have worked for away, and said I just have to get over it.

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  1. Stewart C Crawford Jr.

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    Answered . It is probably time to meet with a divorce attorney to diacuss your situation. Specifically, the circumstances of your spouses conduct may be relevant in calculating earning potential

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  2. Kathryn L. Hilbush

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    Answered . Yes, you will want to consult with an experienced family attorney in your area about this and related issues. In the context of a court proceeding your attorney will be able to present the fact that your husband had been working. If you're lucky, your husband will acknowledge why he lost his job, if he does lose it. Otherwise, you'll want to find other ways to demonstrate why he's become unemployed. Most hearing officers and judges will listen to an argument of earning capacity under circumstances like this, meaning that your attorney can present what your husband had been earning before he lost the job, and ask that the court use that income when looking at whether or not he should be awarded support.

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  3. Rebecca Anne Myers

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    Answered . You should talk to an attorney as soon as possible to go over this in greater detail. Support in PA can be based on income OR earning capacity, but a determination of earning capacity is very fact specific. Also, your living arrangement, reasons for separation, length or marriage, etc can all be factors in a spousal support determination.

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