Alimony (also known as spousal support) and post-separation support are payments made from one party in a divorce to the other. It once was assumed that if there was a major income earner in a marriage, he or she would pay support to the other party, sometimes indefinitely.
Now, post-separation support and alimony are only granted to a spouse who is "substantially dependent upon the other spouse for his or her maintenance and support or is substantially in need of maintenance and support from the other spouse." If there is no such economic dependency, no alimony or post-separation support will be awarded.
Post-separation support refers to funds paid to a dependent spouse during the separation period of the marriage. It helps bridge the gap from the time a dependent spouse separates and first files a claim for alimony until the claim can be heard and ruled upon.
Post-separation support is discretionary and considered temporary. Before the divorce becomes final, permanent alimony must be requested or agreed to in writing.Mooresville Spousal Support Attorneys
The attorneys at Gottholm, Ralston & Benton, PLLC, aggressively pursue spousal support and post-separation support in accordance with North Carolina law. The amount and duration of alimony depend on a number of factors, including:
- The length of the marriage
- The age of each spouse
- The health of each spouse
- The educational levels of each spouse
- The income of each spouse
- The standard of living the parties enjoyed during the last several years of their marriage
Alimony and post-separation support are key issues to resolve in divorce cases. Our Statesville and Taylorsville alimony attorneys can secure the financial support you need or defend against an unreasonable request. Call 704-878-0757 or email us to schedule an appointment with a lawyer.