Alimony is support provided by the supporting spouse to a dependent spouse either for a certain duration, or permanently in some cases. In North Carolina, only a dependent spouse is entitled to receive alimony – a “dependent spouse” is defined as a husband or wife substantially dependent upon the other for maintenance and support, or substantially in need of maintenance and support from the other spouse.
Our North Carolina alimony attorneys are experienced in all different types of support, including post-separation support, alimony, temporary alimony and permanent alimony. Post-separation support is a temporary type of alimony and is not intended to be permanent support. It is the money that a supporting spouse pays to the other spouse in response to an agreement between the separated parties, or in response to the order of a judge for support until a decision on calculating alimony is made.
To be entitled to receive alimony, the dependent spouse must be able to show that he or she doesn’t have adequate resources to support his or her needs, and that the other spouse is financially capable of paying the alimony. However, if the supporting spouse, who has not committed marital misconduct, is able to prove that the dependent spouse is involved in sexual behavior outside the marriage, then alimony becomes inapplicable.