In North Carolina, there is no formula to determine alimony amounts. Alimony is determined on a case-by-case basis, and it’s the only area of family law in which fault is still an element. If one spouse brought about the separation or caused the divorce (for example, by committing infidelity). That conduct may be relevant in determining the amount of alimony for post-separation support.
Because alimony is determined on a case-by-case basis, it’s important to work with an experienced New Bern alimony lawyer, someone who is familiar with the law and knows what to expect. At the law office of J. Randal Hunter, Attorney at Law, we have more than 30 years of experience focusing exclusively on divorce and family law matters, and Mr. Hunter is certified as a specialist in family law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.
Considering Economic Need In Alimony Awards
One of the biggest factors that influences whether alimony is awarded is each spouse’s economic situation. How much does the dependent spouse need to maintain a realistic standard of living to which he or she was accustomed during the marriage? Likewise, how much can the earning spouse afford to pay?
Other factors that may be considered when determining alimony, rehabilitative alimony and post-separation support awards include:
- Earning capacity of both parties
- Marketable skills of the party seeking alimony
- Accustomed standard of living
- Future earning capacity caused by a period of unemployment