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Alimony And Support Awards In North Carolina Divorces

Even the most amicable divorce negotiations can break down when the issue of alimony comes up. Alimony, or spousal support, is a sore subject for divorcing couples, and many have confusing ideas that are based on wrong information.

At Warren Family Law, we want to make sure you have a clear understanding of your rights regarding spousal support. Whether you are the supporting spouse making the payments or the dependent spouse receiving the payments, we want to be certain you have realistic goals and the guidance to obtain them.

Who Pays Alimony?

Spousal support is not a given just because you are getting a divorce. The main factor in determining whether a spouse will receive alimony is typically financial need. Spousal support may be awarded if any of the following situations or others prevent one spouse from maintaining an acceptable standard of living after a divorce:

  • Earning considerably less than the supporting spouse
  • Giving up a career during the marriage to care for the home or the children
  • Taking a lower paying job during the marriage to help the other spouse start a business or earn a degree
  • Leaving a job to care for a sick parent or disabled child
  • Dealing with limitations on earning ability, such as age, poor health or minimal education

There are no rules governing the length of time a spouse may receive alimony, and the court will use its discretion. One rule of thumb is that the longer you are married, the longer a judge may order spousal support.

A Word About Fault

North Carolina is one of the few states where fault can significantly affect the outcome of your divorce, particularly concerning alimony. The courts in this state can deny alimony to a dependent spouse who commits adultery or has engaged in behaviors that led to the end of a marriage, or can order an adulterous spouse to pay alimony. These are delicate issues, and our lawyer Jim Warren is ready to fight to defend your rights.

An Attorney To Help You Reach Your Goals

Couples often misunderstand alimony. At Warren Family Law, we are not afraid to tell it like it is so that you can make reasonable choices about your future. Contact our Charlotte area law offices at 704-234-6809 or use our online form to schedule a consultation. We are happy to answer your questions and advise you on the best course of action.