That knife cuts both ways. Alimony won't be affected by any raise you receive but CS can be (in most states). However, that also applies to your XWW. If she receives a big raise, you can also petition for a CS adjustment.
I'll expand on this because it ended up being somewhat important in ways that you wouldn't expect.
First, my salary is not fully guaranteed. I only receive income for 75% of a full time appointment but I can earn a full 100% if I do extra work. This extra work involves me applying for competitive projects and hoping that I can "win" these awards.
This was an issue at trial and the judge basically decided that for purposes of alimony and child support... to count my 100% salary. His logic was that I had achieved this 100% income for many years recently (since 2012?), although 2020 was an exception. I am not likely to get a full 100% salary in 2022 (or beyond) but I should in 2021.
Legally speaking, I think that my lawyer was planning to appeal this because effectively I am being expected to work overtime, which is not what the law says (the law is something like a 40-hour work week is expected except in fields where the standard is less than that. Our witness at trial said that there were about 500 employees like me and 100% of us had this weird 75% appointment -- meaning, it's clearly the standard appointment for my profession). As my lawyer put it, when teachers get divorced... their summer jobs (if they have one) are not included in the divorce/income calculation.
There is also a legitimate mental health issue that the judge ignore. I've been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and it's undeniable that working too much leads to mental health struggles. This is why I am seriously considering cutting back on this overtime, whether the judge counts it or not.
Second, there is virtually no chance of me getting a large raise. There are no more promotions available to me with my current employer, so the only way that I would get a "big raise" would be to get an offer from another company and then get a retention offer from my current employer. There are no other employers in my area that would use my skills, so all competing offers would be from out-of-state and thus very high risk (plus, I like where I live... I don't want to move, so there's that).
Finally, the good news about all of this... is that I have spoken to GF about intentionally dialing back my work effort, which would mean that I would intentionally NOT get 100% salary (i.e., less work, less money, better life). So, I am very likely to make less, not more, in the future. xWW and her attorney certainly seem to think that I can get this extra money whenever I want, which is not the case. It's a lot of work to get the money and a lot of extra work and responsibility to do the extra work that comes with the extra money.
As an outsider, it makes me wonder how the opposing counsel passed the bar. She seems to have very little understanding of the law. I'm sure she knows far more than me, but that isn't my job. Maybe she envisions herself as a "Saul Goodman" type, trying to manipulate the system for her client. Who knows.
I don't think opposing counsel is stupid, although I might be wrong on that. Opposing counsel is definitely evil. Remember, lawyers are ethically obligated to represent the best interests of their clients under the law. The problem that opposing counsel faces is that I am not the crazy asshole that she is trying to make me out to be.
Their basic problem is that they are trying to get more than half of the pie whereas I am asking for half of the pie. This puts them in a precarious situation, legally, because there is no legal basis for their position, so they basically just turn up the VOLUME on their arguments, not the logic. In contrast, my attorney polite and quietly pointed out to the judge where our positions were supported by the law. This is why we have won on 90% of the issues in front of the judge and we are appealing one of the two issues where the judge ruled against us (because he made an obvious and major error).
Anyway, opposing counsel is trying to get as much for her client as possible. Does she cross ethical boundaries at times? I say yes. Does she take advantage of her client's stupidity to increase the number of hours that she can bill? Again, I say yes. But those are subjective opinions, not objective facts.
But, yeah, I will be filing an ethical complaint against opposing counsel when this is over. My attorney has asked me to wait until after the appeal is finished to do that, however.