Huntersville Alimony Lawyer
Paying & Receiving Spousal Support
When a marriage ends, one of the issues that will need to be determined is whether one spouse will financially support the other. This is referred to as alimony or spousal support. Most often, this is a monthly payment and is paid for a limited amount of time. There are circumstances, however, where support will be paid in a lump sum or indefinitely. Spousal support arrangements can vary widely from divorce to divorce, making it essential to involve an attorney who can protect your interests.
Serving Huntersville and the surrounding communities, I offer experienced counsel as a family law specialist, certified by the North Carolina Legal Board of Specialization. If you’re looking for an attorney who can effectively present your financial situation and pursue an equitable result, I’m here to help.
North Carolina Alimony Laws
According to North Carolina Statutes § 50-16.1A., alimony may be paid by a “supporting spouse” to a “dependent spouse,” if the dependent spouse is actually in need of support or maintenance or is “substantially dependent” on the supporting spouse. Additionally, the court must determine that the award of alimony is equitable, or fair, based on property division and other factors.
If a dependent spouse engaged in “illicit sexual activity” during the marriage, the court may deny alimony. Similarly, the court may order alimony if the supporting spouse was involved in illicit sexual activity during the marriage.
How Is Spousal Support Determined?
The courts consider 16 separate factors when determining the amount and duration of alimony. These include:
- Marital misconduct, if any
- Each spouse’s earnings and earning capacity
- Each spouse’s age and physical/mental health
- How long the marriage lasted
- Whether one spouse supported the other’s education or career
- Whether one spouse contributed to the marriage as a homemaker
- The standard of living during the marriage
- The distribution of marital property and debt
In an amicable or contentious divorce, the proper presentation of your financial situation and needs is essential if a fair alimony agreement is to be reached. As a Huntersville alimony lawyer with over a decade of legal experience, I know what laws come into play and understand how to clearly and compellingly present my client’s cases. Through mediation, litigation, or negotiations, I can work to reach a fair result.
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Spousal support is just one of the many complicated matters that must be considered in a divorce or separation. Whether you are seeking or may be required to pay temporary alimony, rehabilitative alimony, reimbursement alimony, or permanent alimony, I have the know-how and experience to effectively advise and advocate for you.
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