Alimony

While the amount of child support that a parent pays or receives is usually determined by “worksheets” provided by the state, there are no such “worksheets” to calculate a reasonable amount of post-separation support and/or alimony. Rather, it is determined by considering a variety of factors provided by North Carolina law.

Generally speaking, North Carolina requires that a spouse seeking post-separation support and/or alimony is a financially “dependent” spouse and the other spouse is a “supporting” spouse. Additionally, a court must find that an award is equitable after considering all relevant statutory factors.

Alimony is usually paid on a monthly basis, but it is not at all uncommon that it is paid as one lump sum; it can even be paid in a variety of other ways. Doughton Horton is an experienced family attorney who represents clients seeking and defending a claim for alimony. Contact Smith Horton Law today to schedule a consultation to discuss the specifics of your case.

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