I have stayed home for 20 years and raised our children. I am 44 and do not have a degree. Can I get support for longer than 10 years which is what my husband is proposing?
Divorce / Separation Lawyer
You could but only an attorney very familiar with the spousal support policies of the Franklin County Domestic Relations Court could advise you on this kind of issue. In the Courts I practice in, you would not likely obtain an award for more than ten years. The court would think that with ten years of support, you had ample time to prepare for employment and earn some retirement benefit before retirement age. You will be entitled to a portion of any retirement benefits that have been earned over the last twenty years. The court is not likely award support for a longer period unless there are other reasons for an inability to work that you have not mentioned.
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