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I'm active duty military and my wife decided to leave me after returning Iraq. I make ~$7700/mo (gross). Based Massachusetts' child support guidelines, I owe $494/wk in child support (which is ~26-32% of my monthly gross, depending on the month). We were married for 6 years and she was a stay-at-home mom the whole time. She has a B.S. degree in Business Administration. Do I have to pay additional alimony on top of the child support? If we can't agree and I don't want to pay any alimony, will I be ordered to? If so, what is a 'fair' amount for her to get back on her feet? What would a judge order? We're still amicable and I don't mind paying some alimony, but how much more than 32% of my gross is reasonable? Much more would force me to live off of one paycheck a month, after taxes.
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