Protecting Your Financial Future In Spousal Support Issues
When a marriage ends in divorce, it is often appropriate for one spouse to support the other financially in the form of alimony, also known as spousal support, payments.
If you are going through divorce in North Carolina and have concerns about paying or receiving spousal support, the attorneys at The Law Office of Geoffrey A. Planer are here for you. We have extensive experience handling divorce and other family law matters for clients in Gastonia and throughout surrounding North Carolina communities.
How Is Spousal Support Determined?
Spousal support is not appropriate in all cases. To be eligible, a spouse must be considered substantially in need of support to maintain the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage.
The court takes a number of factors into consideration when determining the amount and duration of spousal support, including:
- The length of the marriage
- The earning capacity of each spouse
- The marital standard of living
- Contributions one spouse made toward education and earning ability of the other
- Minor children in need of support
Alimony can be paid in a lump sum or over periodic payments. If there is a significant change in circumstances, it may be possible to receive a modification of alimony orders.
If you are seeking spousal support or your spouse is seeking it from you in divorce, our lawyers are here to protect your financial interests and future.