Re: Entering Divorce proceedings
I would start at the lowest annual income you've had in the last 3 or 5 years. That is probably a realistic number you can expect in the future. You might do better in the future, who knows? The point is you should not pay more in CS than is based on what you realistically can count on making. Using the high paying year alone, or just using last year's total may not be a good guess as to what you'll earn in the future.
If your state allows something other than their formula, go for it in mediation. But they may require the formula be used and the only question is what income to base it off of.
I would want some kind of ability to adjust the CS based on changing incomes. Perhaps a 6 month review, or an annual review.
As to spousal support, yeah I'd fight that hard. Her legal fees are hers, so I would refuse to pay those. I would do as much internet research as possible on those topics for where you live.
You may benefit from hiring a lawyer to advise you but not be the one fighting. You would pay by the hour for their advice and to review documents. At the least, if you haven't yet, I would go get a free consult with several lawyers. They usually will give a free 15-30 minute session where you can get basic questions answered and they can tell you how things generally work in your location with those specific items.