Alimony Lawyers in Winston-Salem
Seek Guidance from Knowledgeable & Compassionate Divorce Attorneys
When there is a significant disparity in the incomes of
divorcing spouses, courts in North Carolina may award spousal support – also
known as alimony – to the lower-earning spouse. Alimony is awarded
on a case-by-case basis. At Payne & Associates, our Winston-Salem
alimony attorneys can explain North Carolina law and advise you about
what to expect in your situation.
(336) 585-8454 or
contact us online to discuss your case with our
family law lawyers.
Types of Spousal Support in North Carolina
North Carolina law recognizes two types of spousal support: post-separation
support and alimony. Post-separation support can be requested by the dependent
spouse to cover his or her needs during the divorce process. When alimony
is either awarded or denied, the temporary support will be terminated.
What Qualifies You for Alimony in NC?
To be eligible for alimony, one spouse must be “substantially dependent”
and “substantially in need of support” to maintain their standard
of living. Depending on the situation, alimony may be paid in a lump sum,
periodic payments, through income withholding, or transfer of
personal property or real property.
In determining the amount and duration of alimony payments, courts may
- Each spouse’s income
- The duration of the marriage
- Each party’s sources of income
- Each spouse’s age
- The mental and physical health of each spouse
- Education and time necessary for education or training
- Contributions of one spouse to the other’s education
- The marital standard of living
- Each spouse’s assets and liabilities
- Either spouse’s contributions as a homemaker or raising children
- Any other economic factors
In addition to these factors, the court may consider marital misconduct
when making decisions regarding alimony. If either spouse engaged in illicit
sexual behavior, abandonment, cruel or barbarous treatment, excessive
alcohol or drug use, reckless spending, or another form of marital misconduct,
it could affect the spousal support award.
At Payne & Associates, we have several years of combined experience handling
family law cases with care. Our alimony lawyers in Winston-Salem can prepare your
case strategically to achieve a positive outcome.
(336) 585-8454 to learn how North Carolina law applies to your situation.