My lawyer told me appeal was useless, turns out she was the judge's best friend! It probably was useless, though, and I was emotionally and physically exhausted. I have been told that I can go back now because she has a job, house paid off, etc....but I'm not holding my breath.
My situation was pretty classic: marriage a little over 10 years, profession, and their goal was very clear from the beginning... .to get 50% of my NET INCOME....alimony plus child support. My mistake was following the American illusion and doing exactly what I was supposed to do.....work hard, get an education, take care of your family. There is no need to take care of your family. With a single finger your wife can call a lawyer and the court will MAKE YOU DO IT.
I have paid alimony for over 10 years. I never dreamed I would be trapped in America. You can bet it will only get worse if the Democrat socialists get in full power. As far as I am concerned they have "thrown the book" at me and have gotten all they could get. Sounds like they have done the same to you. Good luck, but don't hold your breath. Welcome to America, brother!