Securing Financial Support Before Or After A Divorce

After a couple separates, temporary support may be ordered so that both spouses can meet their needs until an alimony order is entered. After the divorce, alimony may be ordered. It typically lasts from one-third to one-half the length of the marriage, but could be ordered for longer or shorter periods of time.

At Baker Law Firm in Southern Pines, North Carolina, we work closely with people as they explore their spousal support and alimony options. We take a personal approach to family law and will work hard to make sure you know your options as we pursue the support you require to meet your unique needs.

Too often, we hear people say that they have stayed in a bad situation for too long simply because they cannot afford to move out and they cannot make it without financial support from their spouse. We understand that it can be scary and we want to help you maintain financial security so that you can gain your independence.

Explore your spousal support rights or obligations with an experienced family law attorney. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. If you are deployed or out of state, we will work with you to accommodate your unique circumstances.

Temporary Support

After you separate, a post-separation support hearing can be scheduled so that temporary support can be granted until the permanent support order is established. If your spouse is deployed, you may need a temporary support order so that you can meet your needs until your spouse returns and a permanent support hearing can take place.

If you are deployed, you will need to file under the Civil Service Relief Act so that the permanent support hearing is stayed until your deployment ends. If you fail to file under the Civil Service Relief Act, the hearing may take place and permanent alimony may be awarded without your presence.

In determining whether alimony will be ordered, several factors, depending on your unique situation, may be considered, including:

  • Length of the marriage
  • Earning capacity
  • Incomes of the spouses
  • Standard of living during the marriage
  • Educational status
  • Marital misconduct, such as infidelity or abandonment

For Knowledgeable Spousal Support Representation, Contact Us

To discuss your options about alimony in a consultation, call 910-705-4937 or contact us online today.