Other than issues involving children, alimony and post-separation support are two of the most contentious issues of any divorce or separation. To understand your rights in these matters, please turn to me, attorney Bonnie Rossi. I am able to effectively explain the law and your options, as well as address any concerns or fears that you may have.
No matter how much the ex-spouse or separated spouse makes, the bottom line is that the supporting spouse is most likely going to have to pay some amount of support based on his or her disposable net income. This is dependent of course upon the ability of the recipient spouse to prove that he or she is in actual need of the support.
The two different types of spousal support that exist in North Carolina are listed and described below. Contact me to further discuss either of these issues.
Following legal separation, post-separation support may be ordered by the court. This is basically temporary spousal support that must be paid until permanent alimony is ordered following the entry of a final divorce decree.
Permanent alimony is spousal support ordered by the court to be paid to the dependent spouse. This is either paid in a lump sum or periodically over a certain amount of time. The period of time over which alimony is paid can either be specified or indefinite. Though it is labeled as "permanent," alimony payments do not necessarily continue forever, as it is under the court's discretion to set the time period for the payment of permanent alimony. A paying spouse may also be able to petition the court for a reduction in the amount of alimony paid following a substantial change in their own circumstances, or those of the recipient spouse.
Contact an alimony lawyer that strives to help you understand your right to alimony or your obligation to pay. I, Bonnie Rossi, Attorney at Law, offer clients a reduced rate initial consultation, so we can discuss your specific situation and needs. I also offer flexible appointment times. Please call (336) 509-0183.