I live in Texas, He cheated and left when I was very ill.
at 7:05 PM on Oct. 7, 2010
I agree, it depends on the state and if the court decides if you need it. Your income (if you have one) is considered when asking him to pay you. They don't award it as punishment for his bad behavior. It's based on need. Check your state statutes. I was married a few times and never received it due to the amount of time we were married.
I'm in Pa. and if your not a working woman and have not worked in a long while he has to pay you support. The Courts don't make you go back to work, he supports you to how you were accustomed to living, I think thats how I heard it . Never had that problem in my life, seemed to get a hell of a lot of other ones though.