ALIMONY AND SPOUSAL SUPPORT
Alimony & Spousal Support
Alimony, also known as spousal support, is not awarded in every divorce. The decision to grant alimony is determined by examining several factors, including length of the marriage and earning capacity of each spouse. In North Carolina, the award of denial of alimony varies wildly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, it is important you work with someone who knows the courtroom. If you are entering a divorce that includes a request for alimony, it is advisable to seek the help of an experienced lawyer.
In North Carolina, alimony can be paid in one lump sum or on a continuing basis. The court must base an award (or denial) of alimony on certain factors including, but not limited to:
- The marital misconduct of either of the spouses.
- Earnings and earning capacities of the spouses;
- The ages and the physical, mental, and emotional conditions of the spouses;
- The duration of the marriage;
- The extent to which the earning power, expenses, or financial obligations of a spouse will be affected by reason of serving as the custodian of a minor child;
- The standard of living of the spouses established during the marriage
- The contribution of a spouse as homemaker;
- Any other factor relating to the economic circumstances of the parties that the court finds to be just and proper.
Alimony is a complex and very fact specific process. Common pitfalls include whether a spouse cheated, if one spouse engaged in reckless spending, and if one spouse stayed home to take care of the kids while the other spouse worked. Navigating an alimony claim is not a place for amateurs, which is why the attorney’s of Lea/Schultz can usually analyze the strength or weakness of a possible alimony claim during your first meeting.
At The Lea/Schultz Law Firm, P.C., we are highly skilled professionals who assist clients with a variety of matters related to divorce and family law. We have extensive experience in this area and are fully prepared to advise and assist in all aspects of your case, including alimony disputes.
James W. Lea, Ryan Schultz and Ashley Grim are prepared to handle the most complex cases, and will advocate on your behalf for spousal support and other issues during your divorce.
Trust your divorce and alimony issues to experienced, dedicated professionals who care. Call us at (910) 239-5990 to schedule an initial consultation. Or, if you prefer, contact us by using our online submission form.