Question: I read your blog about lifetime alimony. My friend got divorced and his wife got lifetime alimony. He is an executive at a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta. They were married for over 30 years and she hasn't worked in 28 years. They got divorced because he was seeing another woman who he met at work.
I understand that lifetime alimony is rare but his wife got it. Now I'm worried that my wife will also get lifetimes alimony. I need a divorce too. But I work for a small company in Roswell and I don't make a lot of money. We've been married for 3 years and my wife quit her job about 6 months ago.
Should I be very worried about my wife getting lifetime alimony? She said she wants it. She's angry that we're getting divorced and I might marry her best friend.
We live in Roswell and we don't have young kids; they are adults.
Answer: From the facts you have provided it does not sound like your wife would have a strong claim (or any claim, for that matter) for lifetime alimony. The marriage is of a relatively short duration (3 years) and she stopped working only 6 months ago. That stands in stark contrast to your friend who was married for more than 30 years and his wife has not been employed in 28 years. The situations of you and your friend are quite different from a legal point of view.
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