What is a fair amount for child support and alimonyif I have the kids almost 100% of the time?

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What is a fair amount for child support and alimonyif I have the kids almost 100% of the time?

My wife and I have been married for almost 8 years. We are getting a divorce and have 3 kids (1 is hers but I have rights to her) she has never worked in our marriage because she is her legally but doesn’t have a social security card – we have been separated for about 8 months and she has a temporary job right now. I have the 2 oldest kids and they live with me only see her after school about 2 times a week. The baby is with her about 50% of the time but I pay for pretty much all their needs. Do I have to pay her alimony? What is a fair amount for child support since I have the kids most?

Asked on February 17, 2012 under Family Law, Oregon

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You need to meet with an attorney to discuss a few things. 8 years married in many jurisdiction may be considered a long term marriage, especially if you have children together. If you have the kids most of the time, you should talk with counsel about whether you intend on seeking full custody and expect her to pay you child support. Further, you need to discuss the possibility you may be obligated to pay alimony for a bit but again, you need to discuss with your counsel. The amounts will be determined by state law, the case law, what lifestyle you led while married, whether these children have certain expenses you need to continue supporting. Consider all of this and then contact your counsel about options for finalizing this in a support order.


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