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Spousal Support

Will Your Divorce Include Spousal Support?

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If you have been a homemaker or stay-at-home parent and your spouse provided financial support, you may be entitled to spousal support. Spousal support, sometimes referred to as alimony or spousal maintenance, is paid by one spouse to the other after the parties separate. There are several factors that influence whether spousal support is awarded, including length of the marriage, the income of each party, the earning capacity of each party and the conduct of each party during the marriage.

If you have questions about how much support you can expect to pay or receive, one of our experienced attorneys can advise you. Unlike child support, spousal support is not calculated by a worksheet. The amount paid or received depends, partly, on each party's income and reasonable monthly expenses.​

At Triangle Divorce Lawyers, we represent individuals throughout Raleigh and the surrounding communities. We educate people about the two types of spousal support they may receive in North Carolina

Types of Spousal Support

Post-Separation Support


When the court considers awarding post-separation support, it must first determine if there is a "dependent" spouse and a "supporting" spouse. According to North Carolina's spousal support laws, a dependent spouse is a spouse, "whether husband or wife, who is actually 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 you have been a homemaker or stay-at-home parent and your spouse provided financial support, you may be entitled to spousal support.

Alimony


This type of support is awarded intended to enable the dependent spouse to retain his or her standard of living. It is based, in part, upon the relative needs of the parties and the supporting spouse's ability to pay support.

Our team at Triangle Divorce Lawyers is happy to answer your questions and address your concerns about post-separation support.