Raleigh Alimony Lawyers
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Alimony is a common term associated with divorce but the truth is that it is very misunderstood. Also referred to as spousal support or spousal maintenance, alimony is not as common as it once was. Often, it is intended to give financial resources to a non-working spouse so that he or she can enter the work force or gain a higher level of education or training. In other cases, it is awarded on a permanent basis as being appropriate according to a court’s determination. Every case is different and rests on the unique circumstances and factors surrounding it. These factors must be reviewed and weighed by courts in cases where the two parties are in dispute over this issue.
At Fresh Start Family Law, we have in-depth experience handling all alimony matters, whether they are pending in a divorce or disputed in a post-divorce situation where changes are sought. We assist in modifications to an existing alimony award should circumstances change for either party and an adjustment or termination is needed. Our Raleigh alimony attorneys are well-versed in North Carolina law and how courts review and determine this issue.
For expert legal guidance with an alimony issue, call us at (919) 849-5744 to schedule a consultation with a Raleigh alimony attorney.
Alimony Basics in North Carolina
Alimony applies when a couple is divorcing and one spouse earns far less than the other from employment or personal wealth. Payments can be made to both men and women. It is typically awarded where one spouse did not work during the marriage and has little earning capacity or where one spouse earned significantly more while the couple enjoyed a high standard of living. The spouse earning far less is considered “dependent” on the spouse that earns more (called the “supporting” spouse) who must provide a support amount after the separation.
Adjusting to a single life after a divorce is a difficult component of separation in many cases and one party may be required to contribute to the other during the transition. The disparity in the standard of living is central to the claim as well as the level of income or assets for either party. Fresh Start Family Law is here to help you consider whether you are entitled to or exposed to an alimony obligation.
There is no standard formula for the calculation of alimony amount a party should receive in a divorce and it is a separate issue from child support. To determine the appropriate amount a party should receive requires a thorough review of each party’s income and expenses. Our team is deeply familiar with the review of financial documents necessary to assess a reasonable amount of alimony in your case.
No set standard of time has been established for how long a dependent spouse will receive alimony. The courts generally look to the length of marriage for guidance on this issue. Other factors, such as marital misconduct, education, and the health of the parties also factor into the matter. We can discuss all factors with you to determine whether you will be in need of assistance or required to provide assistance as well as a reasonable duration for the length of that assistance.
Legal Specialists Can Help
At Fresh Start Family Law, you can bring your alimony issue to a team that includes Board-Certified Family Law Specialists as well as a Certified Family Financial Mediator and Certified Superior Court Mediator. Whether you are seeking or contesting alimony, we have the resources, knowledge, and skills to provide the assistance you need. Our Raleigh alimony lawyers have helped countless individuals in and around Raleigh and throughout the state with this often-complex issue; we look forward to helping you resolve this matter in an effective and positive manner.
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