Alimony in North Carolina

Alimony in North Carolina

The laws of North Carolina provide for two (2) types of support a spouse can seek from the other spouse: post-separation support and alimony. Post-separation support is the spousal support paid after the date of separation and prior to the determination of alimony made by the Court, whereas alimony is the payment of support of a former spouse, on a periodic basis (generally monthly) or in a lump sum.

In order for a spouse to be awarded post-separation support, the Court must find the following:

  • The spouse seeking post-separation support is the dependent spouse;
  • The spouse from whom post-separation support is sought is the supporting spouse;
  • The dependent spouse does not have the resources to meet his or her needs; and
  • The supporting spouse has the ability to pay post-separation support to the dependent spouse.

In order for a spouse to be awarded alimony, the Court must find the following:

  • The spouse seeking alimony is the dependent spouse;
  • The spouse from whom alimony is sought is the supporting spouse; and
  • The award of alimony is equitable, after considering the factors, as enumerated in the statute.

If you are in need of legal advice in a divorce regarding payment of spousal support, please contact one of our lawyers at Jetton & Meredith. Our family law attorneys are equipped with knowledge and experience to help you maneuver through these difficult times.

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