Greensboro Alimony & Spousal Support Attorneys
Kirkman Attorneys at Law
The Greensboro based divorce lawyers and family law attorneys at Kirkman Attorneys at Law have the experience and knowledge to provide you with the strong and sound advocacy you need in your alimony or spousal support matter. Our lawyers know the rights and protections that are built into the alimony and spousal support laws. We vigorously advocate for all our clients, whether you need to maximize the financial support you receive from your spouse or need to limit your exposure to alimony or spousal support liability.
North Carolina Alimony & Spousal Support
Alimony is one of the most highly contested issues in a divorce. North Carolina courts may order alimony or spousal support if one of the parties is financially dependent on the other spouse and the supporting spouse can afford to pay. Unlike child support, there is no specific formula to determine an alimony award or obligation. Rather there are several factor that North Carolina courts consider including:
- Duration of marriage;
- Age and the physical and mental health of the parties;
- Parties’ standard of living during the marriage;
- Earning capacities and educational level of the parties;
- Contributions by one spouse to the education or earning capacity of the other;
- Contributions of a spouse as homemaker
- Any marital misconduct, including adultery;
- Tax consequences;
- Assets and liabilities of the parties;
- Property brought to the marriage by a spouse;
- The needs of the parties; and
- Other factors affecting the economic circumstances of the parties;
Alimony and spousal support can continue indefinitely or for a certain period of time. Generally, if the dependent spouse dies, remarries or cohabitates or the supporting spouse dies spousal support will terminate.
Adultery and Alimony
A dependent spouse who had an affair will be prohibited from receiving alimony, so long as the affair was not condoned by the supporting spouse. Condoned means that the supporting spouse found out about the affair and s/he forgave it. On the other side, if the supporting spouse has engaged in adulterous conduct, the law requires that the supporting spouse “shall” pay alimony. If both spouses had an affair, the adulterous conduct will have no effect on the alimony or spousal support award/obligation. Our family law attorneys will carefully evaluate and investigate the facts of your case to determine whether marital misconduct exists and whether such conduct will be available to support your claim for alimony or will be a defense to your spouse’s alimony claim.
High Point & Greensboro Alimony Lawyers
Each case is unique, and therefore each case is approached differently. We understand that any alimony or spousal support awards and obligations have significant financial consequences on our clients. Our experienced divorce attorneys have the knowledge and experience to address the tax and estate planning issues relevant to alimony and spousal support to ensure that our clients’ financial needs, future and present, are met. We are able to handle complex alimony and spousal support cases and craft creative financial solutions for our clients.
We have helped numerous Guilford County residents, including individuals from Greensboro and High Point. Our lawyers know the rights and protections that are built into the alimony and spousal support laws. Given the complexities of alimony and spousal issues in divorce proceedings in North Carolina, you need an experienced North Carolina divorce lawyer or family law attorneys on your side.
At Kirkman Attorneys at Law, we provided skilled legal representation to clients in Greensboro, High Point, Oak Ridge, Summerfield, Pleasant Garden, Jamestown, Gibsonville, Guilford County and the surrounding areas. Contact our office today at 336-274-7898 to arrange a consultation with an experienced Greensboro Family Law attorney to protect your best interests.