Wake County Spousal Support Lawyer

Going Through a Divorce and Have Questions about Maintenance or Spousal Support and Looking for a Raleigh, NC & Wake County Area Attorney That Covers All the Bases, Does Not Complicate Cases for Extra Billing, Really Cares and Keeps Focused on the Best Interests of You & Your Family?

What is alimony?

Alimony is support paid by one spouse to the other, usually after divorce.

Who is entitled to alimony?

“Dependent spouses” are entitled to receive alimony from “supporting spouses.” A dependent spouse is financially dependent on and in need of support from their spouse, who is then known as the supporting spouse. Husbands and wives can be either “dependent” or “supporting” spouses.

How much alimony does a dependent spouse receive?

North Carolina law has no guidelines or formulas to determine how much alimony a dependent spouse should receive. Instead, the judge determines how much alimony is appropriate after hearing the facts of the case.

Why Choose McKnight Law?

  • Highly Reviewed & Rated – 5-star review rating on Google, Excellent rating on Best Law Office and Super Lawyers Rising Star.
  • Highly Responsive – We strive for rapid return calls. No going dark or waiting days to hear back.
  • Proven Track Record of Success at Trial – While often the goal is to avoid trial, when we take a case into court, we are proud of our high success rate even when the odds are stacked against us.
  • Responsive – We pride ourselves on fast response times when communicating with our clients. We will never let your questions or concerns go unaddressed.
  • No Case Is Too Difficult or Complex – This is where our firm’s experience and depth of knowledge come into play. No matter how difficult your case may seem, we fight for you and pursue your best results with tenacity.
  • Because Your Family and Happiness Are at Stake – The smoother and fairer this process goes, the better the post-divorce interactions tend to be. A smooth, fair process is better for the children, you, and your ex-spouse.
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Factors To Consider When Granting Alimony

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.

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), which can help you pay for your living expenses while going through the divorce. Once finalized, the judge can award 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.

Post-Separation Support in Wake County

Separation is challenging both emotionally and financially. It’s not unusual for one spouse to find that it’s tough to maintain a household on a single income. It’s even worse when the spouse cannot work or has not worked for some time. A separation presents difficult financial challenges. Whether you stayed at home to support your spouse’s career or don’t make enough money on your own, you might qualify for post-separation support. This temporary form of support will help you meet your financial obligations until you receive post-divorce support in the form of alimony.

Who Qualifies for Post-Separation Support?

Your Wake County post-separation support lawyer will help you determine if you qualify. However, basic requirements include:
  • You are legally married.
  • You are financially dependent on the supporting spouse.
  • You don’t have the resources to meet your obligations or maintain the standard of living you enjoyed during the marriage.
  • The other spouse can afford to pay spousal support.

Duration Of Post-Separation Support

If applicable, post-separation support is meant to be a short-term bridge to long-term alimony. The judge will set a date for it to expire when issuing the order. Typically, the judge puts the order in place for a term long enough to last until a full hearing on alimony.
Also, your support could come to an end if you get a job and can handle your expenses, or you reconcile with your spouse. In addition, the order might terminate if you begin living with a romantic partner who is not your spouse.
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