What is a spouse’s right to future earnings plus reimbursement for support, if their spouse graduates medical school and then files for divorce?

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What is a spouse’s right to future earnings plus reimbursement for support, if their spouse graduates medical school and then files for divorce?

If I financially supported my wife for 7 years through medical school and a medical residency and then she immediately wants a divorce do I have any legal claim to money spent to support her or any legal claim to her future earnings in the divorce?

Asked on July 26, 2011 North Carolina

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your situation and circumstances as they unfolded.  In many states a medical license of one of the parties to a marriage can be valued when distributing property. I believe that the same holds true in North Carolina. But in North Carolina a medical license is seen as the separate property of a spouse and the court can place a value on the efforts that led to the acquisition of the license.  However, if there has been no establishment of a practice or good will, etc., the future valuation of the license may not be appropriate.  And the court can in its discretion decide that issue.  Please seek legal help.  Good luck. 


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