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    Default Should You Wait to Divorce Until Your Spouse Graduates

    My question involves a marriage in the state of: VA. Husband is currently in school. We've been having issues for 4 years. He's moved out 3 times. He currently lives in an apt near his school. I'm ready to get divorced but he has no income so would I be better off waiting several more years in order to get more money for supporting him through school (med school)???

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    Default Re: Divorce-Husban is in School, Do I Wait for Divorce

    Are you offering to pay for his education?

    Or are you believing that somehow you'll be entitled to spousal support?

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    Default Re: Divorce-Husban is in School, Do I Wait for Divorce

    As he is unlikely to make the money you think for a long time, I suggest you draw up a contract or cut your losses.

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    Default Re: Divorce-Husban is in School, Do I Wait for Divorce

    As I am the only one working we are paying bills with my money as well as his student loans. Yes, I would assume if I supported him during his education that I would be entitled to some of his future earnings. We've been married 18 yrs and have 2 children. My child support currently would be minimal since it's based on almost no income of his. I just wonder if holding off a few yrs (assuming we don't fall back in love) if I would get more money in the long run.

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    Default Re: Divorce-Husban is in School, Do I Wait for Divorce

    There's no guarantee at all. With that said, do you work?

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    Default Re: Divorce-Husban is in School, Do I Wait for Divorce

    yes i work as a nurse

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    Default Re: Divorce-Husban is in School, Do I Wait for Divorce

    Spousal support is based on need. If you're working full time as a nurse (or you have the capability to work full time), it's very possible that you would receive no support at all.

    You can read here: spousal support

    He already lives outside of the home, yes? That doesn't help you at all; if you can support yourself without him, it drops your chances dramatically.

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    Default Re: Divorce-Husban is in School, Do I Wait for Divorce

    Yes he got an apartment to be closer to school (it's 20 mins). We only have one checking acct tho and he pays all the bills from that with my income and student loans

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    Default Re: Divorce-Husban is in School, Do I Wait for Divorce

    I would file for the divorce. I would open a new bank account in your name only and start depositing your money there. Talk to your divorce attorney about what you can do about the joint account. Hubby just may have to do like so many others - go to school AND hold a job at the same time.

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    Default Re: Divorce-Husban is in School, Do I Wait for Divorce

    Quote Quoting PandorasBox
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    I would file for the divorce. I would open a new bank account in your name only and start depositing your money there. Talk to your divorce attorney about what you can do about the joint account. Hubby just may have to do like so many others - go to school AND hold a job at the same time.
    Pandy, this isn't child support (where he'd be imputed an income). This is about spousal support - and there's a massive difference (specially in Virginia, apparently).

    The courts will not send someone into poverty for the sake of spousal support.

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