Married 5 years before separation due to her infidelity. One child, 5 year old. My salary is 98K plus 20% performance based bonus, and she is 52K year. Been in our current home 3 years, value is 270K, outstanding mortgage of 190K (40K was put down after sale of my non marital house, so discussing Hoffman). Other debt (2 cars, consolidation loan, and credit cards) totaling ~50K, all obtained while married.
I understand how the child support will work, but find very little related to calculating alimony. I do have a family law attorney and he has told me that he does not believe this is an alimony case. Any other opinions? Thanks!
Maintenance in Missouri (formerly called 'alimony') is very hard to determine off the cuff because there's no formula for determining if it will be ordered and in what amount. First, the person requesting maintenance has to show that they are unable to support themselves through regular employment, and then show that you are capable of supporting yourself and also have the financial ability to pay maintenance. Marriages of 5 years don't often get it, but sometimes they do. She has a good income and that will probably work against an award as well. The maintenance issue is guided a lot by the tendencies of your particular judge, so you need that input as well. Some don't really consider it before 10 years in the marriage, others might. They also look at how much the spouse receives in marital assets before determining whether maintenance should be ordered. You should talk with your attorney about it, since they know more about the case than an attorney on this site.
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