Alimony

McKnight Law helps clients pursue alimony so they can pay their expenses and enjoy the same standard of living they had prior to the separation.

Alimony in Wake County

Are you having trouble meeting your financial needs after your divorce? Maybe you can’t maintain the standard of living that you had before, and now, you aren’t sure what to do. Fortunately, you can apply for alimony to get financial support. Then, you can meet your financial obligations or enjoy your previous standard of living after your divorce.

North Carolina doesn’t have a set formula for calculating alimony. If you try to do it yourself, you could leave money on the table that could otherwise really help you pay your bills. Our Wake County alimony lawyer can assess your situation and help you fight for a fair amount of support. Contact McKnight Law today to learn more about your options for alimony.

Alimony Eligibility Criteria

Men and women who meet the criteria can get alimony. To qualify, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • You cannot meet your reasonable financial needs without assistance from the supporting spouse. 
  • You cannot maintain the same standard of living you had while married without assistance from the supporting spouse.

Types Of Alimony

Before your divorce is final, the judge can award you post-separation alimony (spousal support). This can help you pay for your living expenses while going through the divorce. Once finalized, the judge can make an award of permanent alimony, although the award can take many forms depending on the case. 

If you receive permanent periodic alimony, you’ll get equal payments. Often, the payments are made monthly and continue as long as you are alive and unmarried. Rehabilitative alimony also has equal payments made at regular intervals, but it is not permanent. Instead, you’ll get this alimony while you take steps towards supporting yourself, such as going back to school to get a degree. 

With lump-sum alimony, you’ll receive a fixed amount of money. You might get it all at once, or the other party might pay monthly installments.

Factors To Consider When Granting Alimony

While there isn’t a specific formula for awarding alimony in NC, judges do evaluate various factors to determine the amount and duration, if applicable. Early on, the court determines whether either party committed any illicit sexual behavior during the marriage. In addition, the court evaluates other marital misconduct, along with earning capacity, ages, physical and mental health, length of the marriage, and more. 

Your Wake County alimony lawyer can evaluate your marriage and personal situation to give you an idea of how much you can expect. Then, your attorney will prepare a case to help you get the money you’re entitled to receive.

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Why Choose McKnight Law

  • Purposeful Consultation – Discuss all your needs and ask us all your questions during your consultation to find out all the ways we can assist you. If you would like to move forward, we can begin building your case quickly.


  • Five-Star Reviews – McKnight Law has a five-star rating on Google and numerous accolades on other websites.  


  • Covers All Areas of Family Law – Our Wake County family law attorneys represent clients in separations, divorces, custody cases, alimony, child support, and more.


  • Committed to Clients – McKnight Law is dedicated to all the clients we serve. We find solutions to complex problems and work quickly to help our clients move forward with their cases.


  • Compassionate Services – We understand that family law cases are difficult for our clients. Our compassionate legal services take the stress away, so our clients can focus on family and loved ones instead of court hearings and cases.  

Purposeful Consultation – Discuss all your needs and ask us all your questions during your consultation to find out all the ways we can assist you. If you would like to move forward, we can begin building your case quickly.

Five-Star Reviews – McKnight Law has a five-star rating on Google and numerous accolades on other websites.  

Covers All Areas of Family Law – Our Wake County family law attorneys represent clients in separations, divorces, custody cases, alimony, child support, and more.  

Committed to Clients – McKnight Law is dedicated to all the clients we serve. We find solutions to complex problems and work quickly to help our clients move forward with their cases.

Compassionate Services – We understand that family law cases are difficult for our clients. Our compassionate legal services take the stress away, so our clients can focus on family and loved ones instead of court hearings and cases.  

How Is Alimony Paid?

The court has numerous options when creating alimony orders. For example, the court might decide that the other party will make a single lump-sum payment or distribute alimony in monthly or quarterly payments. Also, the judge might submit an order to withhold the person’s income for payment. In addition, transferring property is an option for paying alimony. Your Wake County alimony lawyer will go over all the possible options to help you work out the best plan for your situation.

Modifying Alimony

If you currently pay or receive alimony and the circumstances have changed, you might be able to modify the order. For instance, if you receive alimony and your former spouse got promoted at work, you might be able to seek more money. On the other hand, if you lost your job, you might be able to lower the alimony you’re paying. Speak to an alimony lawyer in Wake County if you’re interested in modifying the order.

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