My wife and I have been married for 30 years, I am the primary wage earner, and we have a 40 year old mortgage on our home, which I do not want. We also have a new vehicle, that is only three years old, paid off and I don’t care to keep that either. I just want to know what are my rights and obligations and what bills do I have to pay?


Considering the length of the marriage, and the fact the you’re the primary wage earner, I think you’re going to find that you’re going to have some obligations at paying bills. But there simply not enough facts provided for me to accurately answer your question. First of all are there any children of the marriage? Are any of these children under the age of 18? Are any of these children going to college and under the age of 25? How much of the home is paid off or how much equity do you have in the home? Does your wife have any skills or ability to earn a living? How much money do you make, would you be able to support two households?

This question is being answered more to demonstrate how many facts are needed to give an accurate assessment of a particular situation, not to really answer the question itself. To give you competent legal advice, we need to have all the facts, this is why it is so important to seek the advice of an experienced family law attorney when dealing with such matters. This client obviously has an extremely complicated case, as the marriage was for a significant duration of time, but is not provided me with nearly enough information to make any kind of conclusion on their case. Some people believe that family law has a bunch of categories and if you fall into one that suits can happen, nothing could be further from the truth. One of the greatest factors in family law, is your divorce lawyer in the experience that they will bring to your case. Another huge part of the family law case, his children in this client has not provided any information pertaining to children, how many, if the wife had not gone to work so she could raise the children, these are all very important questions that I need answers to before giving any type advice on a case like this. Even though I have not answered this question, I think it demonstrates how important it is to get the advice of an experienced family law attorney, as many clients have no idea what factors will actually impact their divorce.
Joseph F. Botelho, Esq.

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