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Temporary Spousal Support in North Carolina

What Is Temporary Alimony & When Is It Awarded?

Couples who are ready to pursue a divorce should be aware that state law dictates they will have to be separated and live in different locations for at least one year before proceedings can begin. While this requirement may prove to be something of an annoyance for spouses wanting nothing more than to move on with their lives, it can also prove to be downright frightening for other spouses who may have concerns about their ability to make ends meet during this time.

Specifically, these lower-earning spouses may wonder how they will be able to cover the costs of such basic living expenses as food, housing and other necessities on their limited -- or perhaps non-existent -- income.

The good news is that they can seek to secure what is known as "temporary spousal support" or post-separation support here in North Carolina. As implied by the name, this is monetary support paid by a higher-earning spouse to a lower-earning spouse during the separation period up until the time the final divorce decree in entered. As with matters of permanent alimony, if spouses cannot come to a mutual agreement on temporary support, a mini-hearing may be required.

Our alimony attorneys can help you through this process by:

  • Thoroughly examining all relevant issues at hand when starting your case
  • Creating a solid legal argument to support your temporary alimony position
  • Advocating for your rights, whether at the negotiation table or in the courtroom
  • Addressing permanent alimony once temporary alimony is established

Epperson Law Group, PLLC can help you address your temporary spousal support issues. Representing either the higher-earning spouse or the lower-earning spouse, we work to ensure our clients' best interests are protected. Call (704) 200-9278 to learn more. 

Asking for Temporary Alimony in a Divorce

When it comes to pursuing alimony in a North Carolina divorce, many people are hesitant. Some spouses may think they are overstepping their bounds or that others will judge them for requesting alimony. However, if you have the right to receive alimony under the law, there is no reason why you should shy away from doing so. Alimony laws exist for a reason.

The most important reason for alimony is to prevent undue suffering by a spouse who is trapped in a marriage for financial reasons. Let's say a spouse is married to a well-to-do person and has enjoyed a high quality of life for years; however, the relationship is extremely toxic. The couple is constantly fighting and the less-moneyed spouse is extremely unhappy.

Even though it may be best to end the marriage, the less-moneyed spouse could feel compelled to stay in the marriage for financial reasons. They may not have the education, training, or experience to find a job and be financially independent. Alimony laws strive to eliminate situations like this by providing spouses with a bridge of financial support.

In this respect, temporary spousal support is meant to provide spouses with monetary payments for a sufficient amount of time to finance the completion of education and/or training that could help them achieve financial independence after a divorce. 

If you are contemplating divorce, but are worried about being able to support yourself financially, it is important to understand that you have options. Contact Epperson Law Group, PLLC today to learn more about your rights.

Serving Charlotte, Boone, Weddington & Surrounding Areas

Divorce is full of uncertainty, and temporary alimony can make a big difference in a person's life during this time of transition. We have worked on many alimony cases in North Carolina, so we understand what may be at stake in your life. Our team has more than 70 combined years of legal and trial experience to provide the level of representation that you need.

Our founder, James Epperson, knows what it takes to protect your best interests, either at the negotiating table or in the courtroom. In fact, once he helps a client reach a resolution concerning temporary support, he can then shift his focus and skill to larger divorce-related issues such as property division, child custody, child support and, of course, alimony.

To learn more about your rights and legal options, call our firm at (704) 200-9278

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