I pay alimony to my ex-wife, who recently was arrested for DUI. This has impacted her ability to work, and she has hinted she may seek an alimony modification so I would have to pay more.
Could the outcome of her DUI have any impact upon the alimony that I am required to pay?
I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Indiana alimony laws where I am licensed to practice.
Generally, maintenance awards are very specific to the individual litigants and the specific facts in each case.
Based on this reasoning, if your ex-spouse’s ability to earn income and support herself were diminished based on her conviction for driving under the influence, she may attempt to use this as a basis to request additional support.
However, you may be able to respond to her request for additional support by showing that her own fault and breaking the law resulted in her not being able to support herself and you should not be required to pay for this choice she made.
Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.