Determining Alimony And Post-Separation Support

Alimony and post-separation support are often among the most contentious issues in any divorce. One spouse believes he or she deserves more financial support, while the other thinks he or she is paying too much. This is especially true when one spouse was financially dependent on the other.

For answers and ensuring you receive fair treatment, turn to our lawyers at Plumides, Romano, Johnson & Cacheris, PC, of Charlotte. We offer the skilled guidance — with two North Carolina board-certified family law specialists on staff — and strong advocacy you will need. We can help you fight for the financial resources you will need to begin your new life.

Please note: In North Carolina, if a judgment of absolute divorce is entered prior to filing a claim for alimony, you may never be able to file a claim for alimony, so be certain to speak with a knowledgeable attorney about your options.

Different Programs Designed For Similar Purposes

Post-separation support is different from alimony. Post-separation support is temporary support designed to help the less financially secure party during the divorce process. Alimony is meant to be long-run.

However, the courts use the same factors when determining both alimony and post-separation support; some, but not all factors include:

  • Length of marriage
  • Financial circumstances of both parties
  • The education and training of each spouse
  • Whether one spouse supported the other through school

The long-term financial needs of a spouse are some of the principal factors in determining whether temporary support or permanent alimony will be awarded. Our lawyers understand how these cases work and what a successful outcome will require. That includes taking your case to trial if necessary to protect your financial security.

Alimony and post-separation support can be modified or terminated in some cases. However, you will need to prove there has been a substantial change in circumstances to have a chance at success.

Contact Us Today To Discuss Your Rights And Options

Contact us for smart legal advice regarding alimony/spousal support payments. Flexible appointments are available, including evenings and weekends. Contact us online or call our office in Charlotte at 704-323-7833 or toll free at 877-851-1934.