Facing a divorce often feels overwhelming, especially when it comes to figuring out how you’ll financially manage on your own. If you are a stay-at-home mom now facing divorce, or your spouse earns significantly more than you do, you may be wondering if you’ll receive spousal support as part of your divorce settlement.
The first thing to understand about spousal support is that North Carolina courts don’t automatically award it to anyone. The court will evaluate how one spouse will be impacted by the divorce and then decide if spousal support is necessary.
Secondly, you may not receive spousal support for the long-term. Sometimes, the court awards spousal support for a set amount of time – to give one spouse time to further their education for better career possibilities or time to reenter the job market.
Finally, because North Carolina requires a one-year separation period, one spouse may receive spousal support during the separation. As part of the divorce process, the court will evaluate that support again to determine if it is still necessary.
When a spouse receives spousal support as part of a North Carolina divorce settlement, the following factors help establish how much that support will be and how long it will last:
Spousal support will either end at a set time determined by the court or it will last until:
Child support doesn’t factor into determining spousal support. Any child support payments go toward the care and costs of taking care of a divorcing couple’s children.
If you feel you need spousal support as part of your divorce, you should consult an experienced family law attorney. An attorney can give you a better idea if you are eligible for spousal support.