Alimony In Your North Carolina Divorce

Spousal maintenance or support, also commonly referred to as alimony, may be an issue in your divorce if one spouse was the primary income earner by a significant margin. After your divorce is finalized, the lower income earner may need income from the higher income earner until they can become self-supporting.

Alimony is not automatic. If you think spousal support will be part of your divorce, you need an experienced and aggressive alimony attorney to assert your rights and protect your interests.

At Epperson Law PLLC, we are trial lawyers by training, which began in the U.S. Military JAG Corps. Attorneys James Epperson and Steve Ockerman are each accomplished former JAG Corps officers with 24 years of legal experience. They are advocates for our clients in the areas of Union County, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Boone and throughout North Carolina.

How Is Alimony Determined And Awarded?

Alimony is based on the needs of the nonsupporting spouse and on the supporting spouse's ability to pay. A spouse may be awarded permanent alimony that is in effect until death or remarriage, or until the nonsupporting spouse cohabitates with another person. A spouse may also be awarded post-separation support (PSS) that is a temporary support awarded during the pendency of the divorce process.

Whether you or your spouse committed adultery may have an effect on the spousal support award. If the supporting spouse cheated, he or she will have to pay alimony. If the nonsupporting spouse cheated he or she is precluded from receiving alimony. If both spouses committed adultery, then you are back at the beginning, and the court determines the need and the ability to pay.

Can Spousal Support Be Modified?

A spouse can always ask the court to modify spousal support based on a substantial change of circumstances (either up or down). If you need to modify spousal support, please contact our firm today.

Schedule A Consultation With An Experienced Attorney

We are prepared to defend and advocate for your best interests in divorce. Please call our offices in Boone or Weddington toll free at 888-805-8163 or email us to schedule a consultation. We offer personalized service and 24/7 availability.