Alimony awards, which are also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance, are largely unpredictable in North Carolina. This is because the amount and length of alimony is completely in the judge's discretion. There are many factors that a court considers when determining alimony, including:
- Whether one spouse is actually financially dependent upon the other
- The dependent spouse's reasonable needs based on the standard of living
- The dependent spouse's ability to support himself or herself financially
- The supporting spouse's resources and financial liabilities (overall ability to pay)
Although North Carolina is a “no fault” divorce state, fault may be a factor in determining alimony.
The Importance of Hiring Skilled Legal Counsel
Judges have a great deal of discretion in determining the dependent spouse's reasonable needs and the supporting spouse's ability to pay. Therefore, it is important to have an experienced divorce lawyer by your side who can make a rational and compelling argument in favor of your position.
To schedule an initial consultation with the experienced and capable Greensboro, North Carolina alimony lawyer Rebecca Perry, contact Greensboro Family Law.
Creative Solutions in North Carolina Alimony
Leaving it up to the judge to decide the issue of alimony in divorce may not be the best option for you and your family. Rebecca Perry utilizes her background in business and finance to negotiate creative alimony agreements. She will work toward a workable plan to keep both parties afloat financially and takes into account all relevant financial factors such as equitable property division and the probability of future earnings.
Knowledgeable Guilford County Spousal Support Lawyer
We will make sure you have all of the legal information you need about alimony so you can make informed decisions about your future. Call Greensboro Family Law at 336-230-7359 or toll free at 877-509-6616 to schedule an initial consultation. You may also contact spousal support attorney Rebecca Perry, at Greensboro Family Law, online to schedule a consultation.