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1 year = payment for life?

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18 Jul 07 #1431 by xtc
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Our marriage seemed to go bad within a few months.

I'm not sure it can go on, so I'm concerned about the consequences of divorce.

Is it right that even though we have only been married for 9 months, I could end up paying maintenance for life? We both work, but I earn about 3x what my wife earns. When I moved in, it was on the understanding that I would fund uni courses for both of us. My course would require another year or two of study and result in a job paying half what I'm paid now. What impact would this have do you think?

Also, we lived together for 3 years before marriage, with her son from a previous relationship. Will I be expected to provide child support, do you know?

TIA

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20 Jul 07 #1485 by wikivorce team
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xtc,

It is possible in some cases to have an award of spousal maintenance for life, but in your case that is very, very unlikely for the following reasons:

- your marriage was very short (even when u include the living together it was still fairly short)

- you have no kids together

- you are earning, but also studying at the same time

- but the main factor is: she is able to work and on her way to completing a university education

So she should have no problems supporting herself within a few years.

You may (not at all certain) be asked to pay spousal maintenance for a few years.

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