Spousal support issues in divorce cases in North Carolina are oftentimes looked at only through the lens of which spouse will be paying, and how much will be paid. However, it is important to remember that these issues come up in a divorce because one of the soon-to-be ex-spouses believes that some form of financial assistance is necessary to "even things out" in terms of education and employment.
Our readers in North Carolina know that every divorce case is different and so, necessarily, the issues that will be important in one case may not be the primary concern in another. For example, many divorcing couples who are parents are, first and foremost, concerned with child custody and child support. However, oftentimes, those couples who are not parents will likely be more concerned with the issues of property division and alimony, also known these days as "spousal support."
It is common to hear that one of the primary reasons North Carolina couples get divorced is because of financial issues. Specifically, the lack of funds can cause significant strain on a marriage. In a divorce case, those financial issues are likely to be part of one of the most contentious issues: alimony.
Our readers in North Carolina who are familiar with previous posts here know that alimony can play a significant role in any given divorce case. A request for alimony, especially if it was not expected, can put a halt to all other progress in a divorce case because it can lead to one spouse still being tied to the other even after the divorce is finalized. That, as a result, can trigger some emotional reactions. Although that is the case during the pending divorce litigation, how can alimony affect post-divorce finances?
Couples in North Carolina who are going through a divorce are understandably probably not on the best of terms. After all, the divorce is happening for some reason or another, and the two soon-to-be ex-spouses probably have some negative feelings about one another. Although this is not always the case, it is common. In these types of divorce cases, every issue can become a battleground. Alimony can be a particularly sensitive issue.
Alimony, as many of our readers in North Carolina may know, is more commonly becoming known as spousal support. Whatever you call it, this is an issue that, when it comes up in a divorce case, can see the divorcing spouses pitted against each other with strong, negative feelings. After all, since an alimony award oftentimes means that one spouse will be required to continue to pay money to the other spouse even after the divorce is finalized, that ongoing relationship may not be desirable for one or more of the spouses. When it comes to alimony in a divorce case, the right steps to this sensitive issue are crucial.
Our readers in North Carolina who are getting involved in a divorce case might hear the term "alimony" and cringe. These days, alimony is becoming more commonly referred to as "spousal support." Whatever you call it, many people who are involved in a divorce case have many preconceived notions about what alimony is and how it might impact their lives even after the divorce is finalized. An overview of alimony can be beneficial for those who may have this issue involved in their divorce case.
Although this blog has discussed them before, from time to time, it may be helpful for Charlotte residents to do a brief review of what factors North Carolina courts will examine when they are deciding whether or not to award alimony.
Alimony is an important source of support that a person may receive after they complete their North Carolina divorce. It is paid from one party to the other and is generally dependent upon the recipient's need for continuing financial sustenance from their ex-partner. Not every divorce will end with an order or agreement regarding alimony because not all couples split with one of the parties in need of financial help.
Alimony, also known as spousal support, is the money that a person pays to their ex after they complete their divorce. Often, alimony takes the form of periodic payments that one party sends to the other on a schedule and that may, at some point in the future, cease. In our state, a person may receive permanent alimony, if their situation demands it.