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This can feel like a very tricky situation: If I get a job and start making money, will the court give me less alimony which will make it harder for me to meet my expenses? The other question that presses in is, how do I pay the bills if my spouse isn’t contributing? While these are all very real and very important questions, the most important thing to remember is that this case is all about you and your life. You need to figure out what is going to be best for you in the long-term, not just right now. And that usually means getting back into the workforce or an educational track to brush up on skills so you can get a better paying job.

Understand that divorce decrees are not written in stone, especially on support issues. Because circumstances change, courts are allowed to revisit those provisions when things change significantly for the parties, i.e., one party loses a high-paying job, one party faces significant health issues, one party cohabits, etc. Because of that, it is less important to worry on how a job will impact the immediate alimony award, and so much more important to focus on building your future life and what you want it to look like.


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