In North Carolina, alimony is the most subjective financial issue in any divorce case. Only an experienced divorce attorney can offer accurate guidance on how alimony is, and should be, handled in a particular jurisdiction.
What is Alimony?
Alimony, or spousal support, is money paid by a “supporting spouse” to a “dependent spouse”. A spouse is typically classified as “dependent” when they are a stay-at-home parent, worked only part-time, or made significantly less than the other spouse.
Alimony is awarded to help you or your spouse meet the basic needs
The law of alimony is complex and evolving. Prior to October 1995, “marital fault” was an essential element in any alimony claim. In October 1995, the Legislature revised the law to eliminate fault as a requirement for an alimony claim and established marital misconduct as only one factor to consider. The result of this change was to make alimony more of a financial issue as opposed to a “who did what to whom” issue. This is not to say that the behavior of a spouse is irrelevant in the analysis.
Factors That Contribute to an Alimony Case in North Carolina
Pre-separation adultery is a valuable defense for alimony claims. The ability to earn, the lifestyle of the parties prior to separation, along with other financial factors also play significant roles in alimony cases.
It’s important to remember that alimony carries serious tax considerations, which should be factored into any settlement.
How Our Raleigh Divorce Law Firm Can Help
At The Doyle Law Group, P.A., we educate each client by giving them an understanding of the issues at play. We then assist them in making the best decisions for themselves and their family.
We will help you protect your way of life. That’s our commitment to you.
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