My husband and I have been married for 20 years, we have two children that still live at home. My husband makes his money from real estate he owned prior to our marriage. I had a business career but my husband asked me to quit working when we married so we would have a more flexible schedule for travel. I did consulting work until our children were born. I have done all childcare, cooking, cleaning since we were married. I occassionally help my husband with letter writing, typing, legal research, sales and marketing. We have kept our assets separate.
I understand that the real estate he owned prior to marriage probably would not be considered marital property. But, what about the income earned from the properties?
He has also bought and sold several properties during our marriage and made quite a bit of money on them. If he used money that he could prove came from non-marital assets, would I be entitled to any of these proceeds?
And, even if I am not entitled to any of his business assets or profits, don't I at least deserve some compensation for the time and effort I've put into caring for him and the children? And, what about giving up my career so I could better manage our family?
I am 55 years old so it would be very difficult for me to resume my career. I would be lucky to get a minimum wage job.
If we divorce, my husband's goal would be to make sure I did not get any money from him. I don't want to "take him to the cleaners" but I do not want to live in proverty.
Any idea what my situation would be?
Obviously, I need to consult an attorney but I would like to have some idea of where I stand before doing so.
Thank you for any advice you can provide.