Your Guide To North Carolina Alimony

Seeking spousal support in North Carolina is all about telling a story. Rather than a set formula, our courts rely on the details of your case to determine how much support, or alimony, is appropriate.

Ensure your circumstances are presented in the best possible light to achieve your goals by working with an attorney who understands your needs. The attorneys of Combs, Bradshaw & Lee, PLLC, have a combined 50 years of experience in practice. We know the local courts inside and out, and use this knowledge to help our clients position themselves for a better future.

Protect Your Financial Wellbeing

People often actively litigate spousal support arrangements in our state because North Carolina has no set mathematical formula for calculating alimony. Instead, each party can advocate before the court based on their needs, misconduct committed by their partner or limitations on their income. With the help of an attorney skilled in aggressive litigation, you can more easily position yourself for success.

What North Carolina Courts Consider In Spousal Support Awards

Spousal support payments vary in amount and duration based on many different factors. They are usually ordered for a specified length of time, although couples closer to retirement age might arrange for lifetime payments. The courts consider a variety of factors, including:

  • Length of the marriage
  • Financial dependence
  • Misconduct during the marriage, such as having an affair
  • Contributions to education or training of a former spouse
  • Income and earning capacity
  • Age of both spouses
  • Any relevant physical, mental or emotional issues
  • Financial needs of both spouses

If the court finds that one spouse engaged in "sexually illicit behavior" during the marriage, i.e., sexual activity with someone other than their spouse, that person is not eligible to receive alimony payments. On the other hand, if the court finds that both spouses engaged in this kind of behavior during the marriage, they can decide to award or deny alimony based on their own discretion.

Contact The Firm

To schedule a consultation with a skilled spousal support attorney, call us in Winston-Salem at 800-419-4877. You can also request an appointment online. To better serve our clients, we provide legal guidance in both English and Spanish. Se habla español.