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Spousal support, or alimony, is a claim often associated with divorce in North Carolina. In order for alimony to be awarded in North Carolina, one spouse must be the supporting spouse, and the other must be the dependent spouse. Additionally, the dependent spouse must be actually and substantially dependent upon the supporting spouse to meet their monthly needs.
In North Carolina, a claim for spousal support usually encompasses both a motion for post separation support, and a claim for alimony. Post separation support is a form of temporary alimony, designed to provide some financial support to the dependent spouse pending a full alimony trial. A hearing for post separation support is usually very short, lasting about 30 - 60 minutes, and based largely on the information contained in the parties' financial affidavits.
The steps involved in an alimony claim can be complex and require attention to detail and deadlines. It is important to work with an attorney who is experienced in this area to ensure that you are not missing an important piece of the puzzle, and that you are meeting all the requirement for such a claim.
If you believe you have a claim for alimony, or if a claim for alimony has been filed against you, give us a call at 704-918-5529. Attorney Valerie Hein can help you through this process.