Alimony

Choosing the Best Lawyer for Your Divorce

March 22, 2014

Amid the angst and turmoil surrounding separation and divorce, one of the most important decisions that you will make will be your choice of an attorney. It is important to have a lawyer who inspires your trust and confidence, but also a lawyer who has expertise in the area of the law in which you need assistance. Even if you believe your divorce will be fairly amicable, or you do not have a large marital…

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What is discovery and why does my attorney need so many documents from me?

June 15, 2013

In the world of litigation, it is not always sufficient to simply offer as evidence an opinion based on conjecture or recollection. The most credible evidence is that which is supported by actual documentation or other physical evidence. If your domestic case involves contested issues of child custody, child support, spousal support, or property division, your attorney will need extensive financial and personal information and documentation from both you and the opposing party to verify…

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Marital Fault and Alimony

April 29, 2012

Before mid 1995, for a court to order post separation support and alimony, there had to be a finding of marital fault. This is no longer required in North Carolina, and represents a very important change in our state laws. While not a requirement, the finding of marital fault on the part of a supporting spouse is no longer the sole issue in the award of support to a dependent spouse. Fault on the part…

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What is a Dependent Spouse?

April 29, 2012

Essential to an award of spousal support or alimony, the court must determine that the spouse requesting support is a dependent spouse, and the other party is the supporting spouse. A dependent spouse is a husband or wife who is actually and substantially dependent on the other spouse for maintenance or is substantially in need of support from the other spouse.

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