How do I get a rough estimate of alimony in my upcoming divorce?
December 18, 2013 7:28 PM Subscribe
My wife and I are splitting up relatively amicably in the state of California. We'd both like to avoid a legal fight over money and income, but after some requests of hers that seem a little
unreasonable, I'd like to get an assessment of how our income would roughly split up if we *did* go the legal route. Still, I'd rather avoid paying hundreds of dollars to a lawyer to figure that out. Is there some cheap way to get an extremely rough assessment of alimony?
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Vague details: Income is sort of tricky. We were married for just under 4 years, and had basically nonexistant income (<$20k household income per year) for that time. During that time we both got masters degrees (and $30k of credit card debt). My training led to a book deal with a major publisher ($50-100k advance + royalties). The book was written during the marriage and publication will occur next year, and I'm basing a new company and product line on the book, which will be developed over the course of the next year. Her training hasn't yet led to a lucrative career (but will probably start earning her significant income in 1-2 years).