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Alimony is often a major source of disagreement, confusion, and animosity
when spouses split up. Who is eligible for alimony? At what amount and
for long? Alimony, also called spousal support, is the financial support
that the higher-earning spouse pays a dependent spouse for living expenses.
It is generally based on the idea that the dependent spouse earns less
and is thereby less able to maintain the accustomed standard of living
enjoyed during the marriage. It may also be influenced by issues of sexual
misconduct on the part of the spouses during the marriage.
If you and your spouse cannot come to an agreement on the issue of alimony,
the court will decide it for you. To get started with resolving the matter,
it is best to retain the services of a reliable Charlotte alimony attorney
who can guide you and represent you in negotiations or in court. At Rech
Law, P.C., we have focused our practice on
family law and
divorce for many years. Our long track record of success has given us a thorough
understanding of how these issues can be resolved both inside and outside
the courtroom. We are committed to providing all of our clients with compassion
and strong representation.
Need help with alimony? Contact us at (704) 659-0007 today.
How Is Alimony Determined in North Carolina?
In order to be awarded alimony, a dependent spouse must show that he or
she cannot maintain the lifestyle enjoyed during the marriage without
the financial support of the other spouse. However, if the dependent spouse
engaged in adultery during the marriage, he or she will likely not be
eligible for support. If both spouses engaged in adultery, the court will
make a decision based on the circumstances.
Alimony may be paid to the dependent spouse:
- As a lump sum;
- In scheduled payments;
- As a transfer of title or through a possession or property; or
- Through withholding income.
Courts will look at many factors in determining the awarding of alimony, such as:
- How long the marriage lasted;
- The ages and conditions of the spouses;
- Marital misconduct;
- What each spouse earns and their capacities for income;
- Who will be the custodial parent in the case of minor children;
- The standard of living maintained during the marriage; and
- Whether one spouse contributed to the earning capacity of the other through
training or education.
The above and many other factors will influence the court’s decision
as to whether alimony will be awarded indefinitely, for a specified time
period, or not at all.
We Are Here to Help You through the Divorce Process
Everyone knows that divorce is a stressful, life-changing experience. Having
a trusted legal advisor in your corner can help to reduce some of the
difficulty. Our Charlotte alimony attorneys offer sensitive and dedicated
legal support that can ease the way through this challenging time.
Request a consultation online or by phoning Rech Law at (704) 659-0007.