My wife of 13 years left my house almost four years ago on her own accord. I have continued to pay her medical and auto insurance during this time period. What am I legally obligated to compensate her in a divorce, might you think? We have no children, and she lives with her adult children from a previous marriage. She was married previously for 25 years and now works babysitting her grandchildren. Might I have to pay part of my pension that I accumulated during our marriage? Does her abandonment have any bearing?
Without more info re: your wife’s income and assets, I cannot give you an accurate Opinion about what spousal support she is entitled. Your portion of your pension that was earned during the marriage is marital property, and she will have a claim to approximately half of it. Her abandonment should be taken into consideration by the judge, but it will not be determinative As to how much she is entitled to.
Leonard Weiner, Esq.