Together 6 years married 5 with 3 kids. 5-3 months old. Husband decided to go to medical school in another country leaving me to raise 3 kids while he achieved his dreams. 3 years into school he asked for a divorce because he doesn’t love me . He won’t have an income for another 2 years. Him requesting divorce almost put me into depression. I’m blind sighted and left to raise three kids alone. What can I receive personally for this once he starts making money besides child support?
Well, you have a relatively short term marriage and I assume that his income at this point is relatively limited. Thus, your ability to collect alimony is very unlikely. On the child support end, his income and your income would be considered along with all other factors such as both parties cost of health insurance, children’s costs of health insurance, daycare/ summer camp costs, and uncovered healthcare costs for children . On the bright side of things, you may be entitled to retroactive child support and an upward deviation based upon his lack of contact with the children. Also, as his income grows, so will his child support obligation. However, to make that happen, I would ensure that any mediation agreement or marital settlement agreement include language requiring him to disclose any substantial increases in income as soon as they occur and on an annual basis as well. Otherwise, you would theoretically have to return to court every single time there is a change in his income, which we know will grow over the years. There are many issues that need to be addressed in this matter in addition to child-support and alimony. Those issues would be equitable distribution of assets and debts. In Florida, we classify assets and debts in two categories, marital and non-marital. I would suggest that you consult with an experienced divorce lawyer to determine the best course of action. Please also review the family law Frequently asked questions section of my website. It is quite robust and should assist you in having a deeper understanding of the divorce process.
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