North Carolina Alimony Laws and Spousal Support

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North Carolina Alimony

North Carolina alimony or spousal support may be awarded to either party based upon the following factors: 
  • the standard of living established during the marriage; 

  • the comparative financial resources of the spouses, including their comparative earning abilities in the labor market and their incomes;

  • the mental, physical and emotional conditions of the spouses;

  • the marital misconduct of the spouses; 

  • the ages of the spouses; 

  • the contribution of one spouse to the education, training, or earning power of the other spouse;

  • the effect of a spouse having primary custody of a child; 

  • the relative education of the spouses and the time necessary for a spouse to acquire sufficient education or training to become self-sufficient; 

  • the contribution of a spouse as a homemaker;

  • the tax consequences;

  • the ability of the spouse to pay; 

  • separate and marital debt; 

  • expenses needed to support each party;

  • obligations to support others; 

  • property brought to the marriage;

  • the relative needs of the spouses; and

  • any other factor the court deems just and equitable. Spousal support will be barred based upon illicit sexual activity.

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