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We are. And we have even gotten to the point where we've managed to discuss a dollar figure. It would pay off most of her debt without killing me financially.

I'm glad. I hope you finalize things before she has a chance to accumulate any new debt!

Texans (men mostly) find all this talk of people paying alimony to their spouses just because they were married at one time rediculous.

I didn't know that alimony went on indefinitely *anywhere*. I think that the way it works here is similar to the temporary support arrangement you outlined, only it can be ordered even if the spouse works. Basically it's supposed to keep both spouses living at approximately the same level they'd been living at while married - but for a finite number of years, based on a percentage of the time they were married. I could be wrong, but from what my sister and my DH's ex have described (both on divorce #2), I think it's pretty close. Fortunately, DH never had to pay alimony. I think they weren't married long enough.

In any event, I wish you luck, I hope that you remain on good terms, and I hope that you get it over with soon... if that's what the two of you have decided is the best course to take.

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