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Phoenix9572 posted 10/25/2013 09:52 AM

Well I have been missing from here for a couple of weeks. Life seems to have settled into a comfortable routine that is so much more peaceful than when I was married. I am enjoying the perspective time and NC have given me. Though there will be big challenges ahead I know that I am so much better off. Sad that I didn't feel that way before.
Anyway, today I had my first job interview in 24 years. The last one was when I was in high school! I think I did really well but I was disappointed to hear what the salary would be. I was hoping it would be a little more. We go next week to mediation for provisional support. Will getting a (basically) minimum wage job prevent me from getting any spousal support from him while we are separated? There is no way I would be able to the boys and I on the salary and child support. I hate to turn it down because it is in the school system and would put my hours and schedules the same as my boys. Wouldn't be a great fit but it would let me still be the mom I want to be even if I'm not stay at home all day. Anyone else face this dilemma before?
thanks for the input as always!

Nature_Girl posted 10/25/2013 10:03 AM

SS calculations assume you have a minimum wage job. You should take the job if they offer it!

Gemini71 posted 10/25/2013 17:05 PM

That's exactly what my Lawyer told me. The courts will assume you are capable of holding down a minimum wage job, unless you can prove otherwise. It won't effect spousal support, at least not in Illinois.

ETA: I just went on my first job interview in 10 years and now have a seasonal retail job. All the paperwork is online now. Things have changed so much, haven't they?

[This message edited by Gemini71 at 5:06 PM, October 25th (Friday)]

inconnu posted 10/25/2013 18:02 PM

I used to be a sahm. When I was going through my divorce, my attorney specifically told me not to get a job until after the divorce was final. If I had an income, no matter how low, it would have affected the amount of child support I received, and probably the amount of spousal support as well.

Just saw the other replies. It seems it depends on where you live. I'd check with your attorney first, before you take the job.

HeartStings posted 10/26/2013 00:45 AM

Take the job if it is offered! It's hell out here, especially for SAHMs out of the workforce for many years.

My lawyer told me to take any job I could find. The reduction in spousal support and child support would only amount to about $40 per week.

Good luck!

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