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If you have separated from your spouse or are considering doing so, you should consider whether or not you are entitled to alimony or obligated to pay it. 


Alimony is support paid from a “supporting” spouse to a “dependent” spouse (as those terms are defined under the laws of North Carolina). Alimony is almost always a monthly payment.


While other factors apply, in determining whether or not you are entitled to alimony or will be obligated to pay it, you first need to consider whether there is a significant difference between what you and your spouse earn. The more significant difference in incomes, the more likely there is a valid alimony claim. 


Like all other marital claims, alimony can be resolved by filing a claim for alimony (and likely postseparation support) in district court, putting on evidence, and letting a judge decide the issue of alimony. 

Alternatively, alimony can be negotiated and settled in a separation agreement. Alimony claims are frequently settled in a separation agreement which is much less expensive than going to court. 


Our divorce and family law attorney can answer any alimony questions you may have.  


We invite you to schedule a consultation. 

Meet your Attorney

James Tyler brooks

“My law practice is limited to divorce and family law in Wake County, North Carolina. By limiting my practice to divorce and family law, I’ve been able to obtain a deep level of knowledge within those areas. Because I’ve limited my practice to Wake County, I’ve gotten to know our family court judges and how they tend to rule on certain divorce and family law issues. Knowing their tendencies allows me to better inform my clients, which helps them make good decisions throughout the process. 

I am passionate about helping my clients during this tough time. Family law issues can be expensive, both financially and emotionally. During those tough times, you need excellent legal counsel more than ever.”

– James Brooks