Understanding Alimony in North
An article covering the subject of 'Divorce and Alimony' entitled 'Understanding Alimony In
North Carolina' has been published by The Law Office of Dustin S. McCrary Divorce and
Family Law, an authority website in the Divorce and Child Custody Law niche.
In typical divorce proceedings, the court considers five
main factors: grounds for divorce; division of property;
custody of children; child support; and awarding alimony.
Today, most issues in divorce proceedings are
resolved between the parties without court
Historically, alimony was essential to
protect the wife from an estranged
husband, as women were typically not
permitted or expected to work.
Today gender stereotypes concerning
employment have little influence on divorce
proceedings; nevertheless, alimony is
essential for ensuring fairness through the
separation and divorce process.
Many states recognize alimony as a resource for a spouse to get
back on his or her feet after divorce.
North Carolina uses a different
method when determining if a
spouse qualifies for alimony.
Alimony may be awarded if a spouse is
"Actually substantially dependent"; a spouse is
in "Substantial need of support"; or the
supporting spouse was at fault in ending the
When awarding alimony, the court must consider the frequency, duration, and
amounts of the payments. The courts will seek to find an amount and duration of
alimony that is fair to both the supporting and dependent spouse.
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