Spousal Support & Alimony

Alimony Lawyers in Winston-Salem

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Calculating Spousal Support in North CarolinaWhen 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.

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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 consider:

  • 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.

Call (336) 585-8454 to learn how North Carolina law applies to your situation.

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