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Child & Spousal Support

Child Support and AlimonyChild support and Alimony, also known as Spousal Support, are two of the most complex issues to decide in a divorce. Lack of financial support for a child after divorce can negatively impact their lives, while Alimony can bankrupt a spouse in an unfair settlement.

When you separate, the court sets the amount of financial assistance to be paid to a spouse in need by the other spouse. The objective is to maintain the family’s standard of living to the extent possible until the divorce, sometimes referred to as preserving the status quo while the case is pending. Support orders are in nearly every case based on court-approved schedules or guidelines.

Who will pay child and/or spousal support, and what the amount will be depends on a number of factors including:

  • Dependency and ability to provide support
  • Standard of living (SOL) during marriage
  • The duration of the marriage
  • Financial resources of each party
  • The age of each party

Support schedules are used to quickly and objectively determine the amount to be paid. The results are highly predictable, because the court applies the schedule to your facts, thus encouraging couples to figure out support based on the schedules without going to court.

You need help in this process to ensure your financial future, no matter what side you're on. Our experienced family lawyers in Raleigh have experience mediating and settling these types of cases.

Contact us today. We are well-versed in the laws and procedures that govern Wake County North Carolina and will work tirelessly to help you.


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