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The effect adultery may play on a request for alimony

Marriages end for many reasons, and when they do individuals can find themselves facing many scary questions. If a North Carolina resident gave up their career to provide for their family at home, they may be fearful of how they will financially provide for themselves once they are legally untied from their spouse. Individuals who are financially dependent on their soon-to-be exes and who require financial support to maintain their lifestyles may qualify for alimony under North Carolina law.

Alimony can come in different forms, such as lump sum payments or periodic payments. However, a request for alimony may be denied if a court finds that the requesting party engaged in adultery during their marriage. Under the law, if an alimony-seeking party engaged in illicit sexual behavior during their marriage but prior to their separation then their request for support from their soon-to-be ex may be rejected.

However, if a court finds that both the requesting spouse and the other party engaged in illicit sexual behavior during their marriage, the court can decide if an award of alimony should be honored. Individuals who are uncertain of how their legal matters related to alimony may resolve are encouraged to contact their divorce attorneys.

Finding one’s financial footing after a divorce can be tough if a person has not had an opportunity to develop their work history due to their contributions to their family. Alimony can help dependent spouses get back on their feet as they begin their single lives; certain illicit behaviors may bar their options, though, for securing the financial help they need from their former partners.