Spousal Support / Alimony

One of the most common questions asked by individuals involved in a divorce is whether they are owed or will owe alimony / spousal support to their spouse, and how much. In North Carolina, in order for alimony to be ordered there must be a spouse who offers substantial financial support to another spouse who is substantially dependent upon that support.Once it has been determined that one spouse (“Dependent Spouse”) is substantially in need of the other spouse’s support (“Supporting Spouse”), then the court can consider an amount to award for alimony. The determination of alimony / spousal support is frequently the most difficult question that can be presented during a divorce and separation. The amount of alimony ordered can vary based on a number of factors including the dependent spouse’s needs, the incomes of both the dependent and the supporting spouse, marital misconduct of either spouse, the ages and physical, mental and emotional conditions of the spouses, contribution of education, training or increased earning power of each spouse, and many other factors.Alimony can be awarded on a temporary or a permanent basis and can very in duration and form. As with all aspects of divorce and separation, individuals can agree on an amount, duration and manner of alimony or the parties can leave this decision in the hands of the court.

Assessing your financial circumstances and protecting your interests when evaluating whether alimony is to be paid or received is a critical aspect of any divorce proceeding. At Everett Law Firm, P. A. our attorneys review each client’s situation and aggressively represent their interests on each aspect of a divorce proceeding, including alimony / spousal support.  To speak with a lawyer at Everett Law Firm, P.A. call today at (919) 942-8002.



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