Well, I didn't have long term child support, but I was
still paying when I quit completely. Then, my youngest
chose a very expensive private school and I found myself back in court to see how much more could be
extorted. That battle is still being waged as I type.
As far as doing it with less than 10 years prep., I did it with virtually no prep. but with a lot of luck. However,
even I didn't have the guts to retire as a horse owner.
Four (4) dogs is our limit
Seriously, I cut back pretty severely while I was still
paying child support (cheap apartment, etc), which I thought was fair
and of course I agree with the concept of supporting
your minor children. Picking a high-priced college
without consulting me and then hauling me into
court to squeeze my wallet kind of got my hackles up.