mottseng... big difference between Chid Support and alimony! Child support is a moral and legal
obligation which any responsible parent should honor and check periodically to make sure the $ are sufficient beyond what the courts might award
. They are your kids and I feel strongly that you want to raise them as financially secure as you can manage. My Ex and I never argued over $ after the split and I increased support $ voluntarily as the kids grew and the expenses increased. It helped because they lived with me much of the time and I had a good handle on their needs.
Alimony is another kettle of fish
entirely... commonly known as 'the screwing get for the screwing you got', many ex's, and/or their attorneys, take advantage of circumstances which change over time. Although it is becoming more common where the woman is the major breadwinner in a family
and courts are awarding ex husbands alimony where they may have been the main care giver for the kids.
My advice is to make a clean break as quickly and painlessly as possible but not give up long term financial commitments for short term emotional peace. Rant Over!
Moving aboard a boat can be an emotional hit for the ex who already feels your level of responsibility is questionable and can really push some buttons but if the kids are fine with it, that is a big hurdle. There are a number of boat owners in financial difficulty but don't want to bite the bullet and sell their pride and joy. Renting
it out can be a real opportunity to allow thm to hang onto their boat. Not certain how marinas
feel about non-owners living aboard
... this should be researched thoroughly before committing to moving board to avoid surprises.
You will find more liveaboard
space aboard a commercial power boat
like a towboat or commercial
fishboat than a sailboat. There are a number for sale
in the PNW that are serviceable to bring down the coast which have been removed from service
or have given up their licenses and can no longer be used in the trade
that are going cheaply. I'd wait until spring to bring one of them south, though.
Good luck in your search... Phil