Post Separation Support and Permanent Alimony Service in Wilmington, North Carolina
What is Alimony?
Permanent alimony is an ongoing payment to the financially dependent spouse from the financially supporting spouse. It can last for a set number of years or until the death of either spouse or the remarriage or cohabitation of the financially dependent spouse. There are no statutory guidelines and the amount and length are determined by the judge after consideration of a number of factors. Will you have to pay it? Will you receive it? No two cases are alike and the financial impact of receiving alimony or paying alimony is something which may shape your life for years to come. You need an experienced attorney.
What is Post Separation Support?
Post separation support is short term spousal support meant to assist the financially dependent spouse until permanent alimony is decided by the Court.
The main factors that a dependent spouse must show to receive it are:
- He/She is the financially dependent spouse.
- He/She has a financial shortfall each month in paying reasonable monthly expenses and is in need of assistance in paying these expenses.
- The financially supporting spouse has the current ability to help pay the dependent spouse’s expenses.
Duration of Spousal Support
If you are required to pay spousal support, you may wonder how long it will last. You will be required to make payments until your former spouse remarries, cohabitates, either party dies, or the judge determines that a finite time limit for alimony should be put in place. The length of spousal support can have just as much effect as the amount of support. Talk to us about this important factor to see where you stand.
Seek Legal Support
While it is true the ultimate decision on support and alimony are up to the judge, there are things that we can do to help you maximize your chances for a good outcome. Contact us today with questions and concerns and we will take care of your case.