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April 20th, 2011 at 06:57 pm

my sister's divorce was final yesterday. She did much better than she expected to. Her and my mom have been worrying about 'what if scenarios' for weeks and driving me crazy with it. I kept saying it will turn out ok, the courts aren't out to get you. They see tons of these things and they can tell a lot when someone is BS-ing. Plus you have everything in black and white, receipts, pictures etc.

He was trying to claim he was disabled and needed her to support him even though he works construction and makes almost 60K/year. She has fibermyalgia (sp?) and is on several meds, so they said she was just as disabled as he is. He said he was 50 and could lose his job, well she is 48 and could lose hers just as easy. He also claimed she wouldn't be making the money she is, if it wasn't for him. According to him, he took care of the kids 24/7 while she went to college. She went 1 night a week and his mom took care of the kids. But even so, if it wasn't for him, she wouldn't have the kids and she had other family here, my mom or I would have babysat as needed. He was gone almost every weekend hunting or working side jobs for which he kept all the money, while all her bonuses were spent on the family.

He ends up having to pay only $50 a month child support, which is ridiculous, but it's only for 2 more years for the youngest. He gets half her 401K, minus what was in it when they got married. And he gets half the equity in the house when they sell it, minus what she's paying in mortgage payment from the time he moved out till the time she sells it. They both keep their personal stuff. All in all pretty good. She was afraid she'd have to pay maintenance and lose her stock options and lose half the kids college money.

I finished reading the library book Dragonsblood by Todd McCaffrey. Sci/Fi - very good.

2 Responses to “divorce”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    $50 a month provided for his child. On a $60K income. What in the world?!

  2. ThriftoRama Says:

    That does seem ridiculously low.

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