What is my obligation to pay support, etc. in a divorce?

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What is my obligation to pay support, etc. in a divorce?

My wife and I got married 3 years ago. A year later I left her due to domestic violence, got a 1 year restraining order against her and have not seen her since then. We are still married. I was promising her for the past 2 years that I will file for divorce but never got around to it. She moved out of state and now lives with her boyfriend. I also promised her I will give her some money since she could not get a student loan because she was still married and I have not filed for divorce yet. Now she says that she spoke to a lawyer and can make me pay a lot of money to her because I did not file for a divorce when I promised, and she says that she has facebook messages as evidence. Can she do that or is she just playing with me?

Asked on December 10, 2012 under Family Law, Arizona

Answers:

Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

It is unlikely her attorney will be successful in getting "a lot" of money from you given the short period of time that you were together and the fact that she was free to file for divorce herself if that is what she wanted.  That said, now that she has lawyered up, you will probably have to go to the expense of doing so as well, to make sure you arrive at a fair resolution.


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