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Spousal Support Or Alimony
To individuals, marriage is about personal relationships and families. Under the law, however, it is about legal responsibilities for assets, debts and childcare. A divorce is similar to a business dissolution in this way. The court considers each party’s financial stability in the division of assets and legal responsibilities. In some cases, this means one party will need to continue providing financial support to another when the divorce is final.
Resolving Conflicts And Obtaining Favorable Results
Spousal support (commonly known as alimony) is one of the more contentious disputes in divorce proceedings. People either want to reduce the amount they have to pay or they want to collect more.
At The Maitland & English Law Firm, PLLC we work with clients to preserve their rights and financial stability in the divorce process. Every case is different, with unique assets and financial contributions to consider. We will discuss your case personally with you so you can gain a full understanding of the law, your responsibilities and what we can do to make sure you come out ahead.
Calculating support payments requires analysis of many factors, such as:
• Each party’s current job status and income level: If one individual simply needs help getting back on his or her feet because of unemployment issues or other financial hardships, the other may need to continue financial support for a designated period of time.
• Each party’s job skills and opportunities for employment: Many families have one parent stay home to care for children while the other remains employed. This can adversely influence his or her ability to return to the job market, and therefore affect the calculation of spousal support payments on an ongoing basis.
• Each party’s heath care needs: One individual may have relied on his or her spouse’s health care policy in order to receive necessary treatments. Furthermore, health issues may influence his or her ability to earn income. Spousal support may need to be adjusted to reflect these challenges.
Spousal support may be paid for a designated period of time (i.e., until the spouse gets remarried or achieves a certain income level independently), rather than indefinitely. All of these details need to be addressed in your spousal support agreements.
Post-Divorce Modifications And Enforcement
Life will inevitably and unexpectedly change after your divorce is final. You or your former spouse may get remarried. You may have more children. You may get a new job and have to move. These are your personal decisions, but they can still affect the divorce agreements you have already dealt with. Before you risk struggling to keep up with support payments or fail to meet the legal responsibilities of a custody arrangement, pursue legal solutions through post-divorce modifications or enforcement.
Custody Or Support Modifications
North Carolina law provides guidelines for how changing circumstances in an individuals can be addressed in child support, spousal support and custody modifications. Adjustments can be temporary or permanent depending upon the family’s needs. Reduction in support payments may be justified when issues of unemployment, remarriage or health care arise. Upward adjustments may be made when one party has had favorable changes to living standards that perhaps should be passed along to children. Our post-divorce modification lawyers can work through these issues with you and guide you toward a solution.
Post-Divorce Enforcement Of Orders
In some cases, people wait too long to make adjustments and instead let themselves simply miss payments or fail to accommodate child custody and parenting-time agreements. In these instances, court-ordered enforcement may be required. No matter what side of the situation you are on, we can advise you on your rights and responsibilities and help you achieve a favorable outcome that helps both you and your family get what you need.
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