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Spousal Support – North Carolina recognizes two forms of spousal support that may be awarded to a dependent spouse:  Postseparation support and Alimony.

Postseparation SupportPostseparation support is a form of spousal support that is awarded to a dependent spouse when legally separated. Several factors are considered, including the need of the dependent spouse and the ability of the supporting spouse to pay support.

AlimonyAlimony is a form of spousal support that is awarded when divorcing.  It is important to realize that alimony is not routinely awarded and if a Judge does award alimony it is usually on a temporary basis.  This type of alimony is called “rehabilitative support” in that it is intended to be temporary in nature and allows a cushion for the dependent spouse while trying to become self-supporting.  Rarely is permanent alimony awarded.  Factors to consider for an award of permanent alimony are marital fault, education and earning capacities, duration of marriage, standard of living, contribution of a spouse a homemaker, etc. Ultimately an award of alimony, be it temporary or permanent, is at the discretion of the judge.

Whether you are the dependent or supporting spouse and have questions regarding your eligibility and rights regarding payment or receipt of spousal support, please contact Rutherford Robertson, P.A. and schedule your confidential consultation today.

related services are Alimony and Postseparation Support

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