I have been married for 3 years, we have two kids, a house, and my wife is in $30k debt
The house is under my name and I make all the money. I work about 45-50 hrs a week and would like to keep the house. I take care of my kids and provide for them. What would most likely happen, would I be able to keep the house? How much would I have to give my wife after the divorce and would I get the kids 50/50? What are the costs of it all, and what legal precautions should i take? Hire a lawyer? How long would the whole divorce process take?
No one can guess at how this will turn out. Those debts are your debts, too. If you can get her to file bankruptcy now, any property division will be more workable.
If you paid for the house with money earned during the marriage, then the house is community property and you would have to buy out her interest. Atty Straus' suggestion re $30K debt and BK is a good one, and her comment that no one can predict what will happen is also a good one; however, if you can convince a judge that you co-parented the children, you can get 50/50 but the more you fight, the longer it will take and the more it will cost.
You ask alot of good questions. Yes, hire an attorney. As to spousal support it depends on many otther facts not stated so talking wiht an attorney is best on this. As to custody, your understanding of 50/50 is probably not accurate so you need to understandn the difference between legal custody and who is the primary caregiver and how that is determined and how it affects visitation and child support. As to the house, again it isn't that easy as there are other factors such as when was it purchased and wheter or not a loan was paid on the house during the marraige. As to the wifes alleged debts, again I can't tell you as I need more facts here.
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