New Jersey Law Blog brings an interesting case of a woman who is leaving her husband. He lost his job and suffers from a debilitating medical condition. He currently receives about $3600 a month from Social Security and other sources.
For the last two years, however, the husband’s parents have been helping them out, giving them $20,000 a month.
Now that she is leaving her husband, she claims that by providing for their needs for the last two years, the parents have, in effect, taken their son’s place and assumed responsibility of providing not only for their grandchildren, but for her as well.
She was offered $8,000 a month by her husband (which, presumably, the parents would kick in most of if not all). She has refused that and is seeking an amount similar to the amount that was provided for the last two years.
The writer of the blog entry questions how far this would go - to what extent does the generosity of other parties become obligitory. For example, if they allowed the couple use of a summer cottage, would she be able to claim that as well upon divorce?