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Recovering a Fair Spousal Support Agreement

One of the biggest concerns families face during a divorce is the financial repercussions once it is finalized. In these instances, the court may grant spousal support to the spouse who is not as financially stable as the other. The purpose of spousal support, also known as alimony, is to prevent the lower-earning spouse from experiencing undue hardship as a result of the divorce until they are able to support themselves. However, it is also meant to prevent one spouse from the disproportionate need to be financially responsible for the other after the divorce. At The Trevor J. Avery Law Firm, we guide our clients to a fair spousal support agreement that is in their best interests.

Consult with an experienced seasoned spousal support lawyer in Jacksonville to determine your right to receive alimony. Schedule your appointment by reaching out to (910) 405-8459 today.

Factors that Determine an Alimony Award

Under North Carolina Statute § 50-16.3A, either party can request an equitable alimony agreement on a permanent, temporary, or rehabilitative basis. Permanent alimony is meant to be paid until the death of the spouse making the payments or until the recipient remarries. Temporary alimony is payments set for a specific period of time until the recipient can financially support themselves. Rehabilitative alimony is awarded to a spouse that needs financial assistance for job training or college classes to help become financially independent.

Among the factors that the court examines to determine the amount, duration, and type of alimony payment are:

  • Any marital misconduct
  • Earning capacities
  • Age
  • Physical, mental, and emotional condition
  • Sources of earned income
  • Amount of income
  • Length of the marriage
  • The contribution of one spouse to the other
  • Financial obligations of children
  • Standard of living
  • Education level
  • Debts
  • Property brought into the marriage
  • The contribution of one spouse as a homemaker
  • Tax ramifications

Not all divorces require spousal support. If both spouses have stable incomes and can cover their basic necessities, the court may not award a spousal support agreement.

Standing Up for Families Since 2003

Spousal support can end when the outlined legal terms are met or the recipient spouse marries or lives with another person. If you believe that a spousal support award is unfair or if you need additional support, speak with a Jacksonville spousal support attorney from The Trevor J. Avery Law Firm. We can work with you through a modification of support to change the terms of the order or provide counsel on achieving your best financial outcome the first time.

We fight for a fair spousal support award for our clients. Whether you are seeking an alimony payment or need help with a spouse requesting spousal support, call us at (910) 405-8459. We can discuss your rights and options during a consultation.

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