Does my daughter have to pay alimony to her soon-to be ex because he doesn’t want to work?

Asked on December 3, 2011 under Family Law, Kentucky


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

There is no single or simple answer--every case is different, and the facts are critical. That said, IF your daughter has in fact been supporting him, then she will likely have to pay alimony or spousal support, at least on a temporary (a few years) basis. Just as a husband who had been supporting a non-working wife would expect to pay alimony--even if the wife "could" have worked--so, too, would a wife who supported a non-working husband expect to pay alimony.

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