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Alimony & Spousal Support

Alimony & Spousal Support

Fayetteville Alimony and Spousal Support Attorney

Serving Cumberland, Harnett, and Hoke Counties

After a married couple separates and are living in two different homes, one of the spouses may file a claim for spousal support. This claim may be made in the form of post-separation support and/or alimony.

In the state of North Carolina, once a married couple physically separates, one spouse may request alimony by filing a complaint with the court. The Fayetteville attorney at Crossroads Family Law is eager to represent you in this type of proceeding. Call us at (910)-240-2217 for knowledgeable legal assistance today.

Who is eligible for alimony?

North Carolina Law indicates that only the dependent spouse is entitled to post-separation support or alimony. A spouse is dependent if they cannot continue to live under the same living standards that they did while married. There are many factors the court looks at when assessing the support needed to sustain the marital standard of living.  Unlike child support cases, North Carolina does not follow a standard guideline for alimony. Due to all the variables present, judges have wide discretion in determining amounts for post-separation support and alimony.

Post-separation support v. Alimony?

Spousal support in North Carolina is broken down into two types.  Post-separation support and alimony. Post-separation support is intended to be a temporary relief for the dependent spouse until the court can make a determination of alimony. Post-separation support can be awarded during the separation period. The award is generally distributed in the form of a monthly amount paid to the dependent spouse.

Alimony is support provided to the dependent spouse after the divorce is finalized. The time period is definitive but can be modified under specific circumstances. A claim for alimony must be filed for before your divorce is granted. It is imperative that you seek representation to properly file and preserve your claim for alimony. Our attorney will provide effective representation for your alimony case.

Contact Crossroads Family Law to strategically prepare your case and obtain the best outcome available.