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Ive been a stay at home mom for 17
years. We have been married 13 but
together for 20. Am I entitled to
alimony. I have a job that I make 500 a
month. He makes 65000 a year. Will he
have to help me?
Asked on February 8, 2018 under Family Law, Missouri
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 4 years ago | Contributor
Yes, when one one spouse earns much more than another, has much higher earning potential, has (we presume) been the main source of economic support for the family, the marriage as lasted many years, and the other spouse has sacrificed earning potential or the ability to focus on a career to care for children, the higher earning spouse will have to pay support to the caregiving spouse. All of the factors in your case argue in favor of support. You also would presumably get custody of the children (if they are still minors) and he'd have to pay child support, too. And you will get a share of the assets (money, property, belongings) owned by the family. Meet with a family or matrimonial law attorney to get a sense for how much, in your specific case, your spouse would likely have to pay.
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