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Asked on: 4/09/03, 9:22 am

Financial Obligation to Separated Wife

My wife and I separated in late January. I asked her to leave because she had repeated incidents of staying out all night and not contacting me. She moved into a small room about 5 miles away. I have the house and our two teen-age daughters. Since she has moved out, I have paid her rent, her bills, repairs to her car, and given her food and gas money. She has refused to go to marriage counseling with me. She comes over to my house while I am at work and eats my food and uses my computer. She has given no money to help support the girls, although will sometimes take them to McDonalds. She does not work, and insists that I have to legally pay to support her. I have done so up to this time, feeling sorry for her, and hoping for a reconciliation, but she has no inclination to reconcile, and says that if I don't pay her rent, she will take me to court. I really cannot afford to pay for her support anymore, and, don't feel that I should anyway. Am I obligated to financially support her.. she is not looking for work.

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