Know what you’re entitled to with alimony/spousal support
Going through a divorce is a challenging experience, often full of emotions and uncertainties. At the Law Office of Janice V. Coulter, we take a compassionate approach to personalized legal counsel and support because we understand the sensitive nature of this area of the law.
We take the time to guide you through this transition by empowering you to make the best possible decisions for your future. We explain the process and will do our due diligence to find out what you’re entitled to in the divorce proceedings, and what to expect with alimony/spousal support.
What You Need to Know Before Discussing Alimony/Spousal Support
When two people are married or in a long-term relationship, it is often more than just their lives and household that become intertwined– it is often their finances as well. Disentangling finances can be complex, especially if one party was the “breadwinner” in the relationship. Here at the Law Office of Janice V. Coulter, we want to make sure your needs– physical, mental and financial– are taken care of when it comes to family law and matters of alimony/spousal support. Here are a few things that you need to know before you sign your divorce papers in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.
First, alimony is something that you and your spouse can decide upon or can be ordered by a judge. Perhaps the most important thing you need to keep in mind when it comes to alimony/spousal support is that you cannot decide you want alimony after the divorce is final. It must be determined beforehand.
Second, alimony can have a time-limit put into place legally. There are different types of alimony/spousal support agreements, and some will only be in place until the children of a union become of age or until one spouse becomes re-married. Be sure you know what type of alimony/spousal support you are getting yourself into.
Third, even amicable splits need legal documentation. Let’s say that you split on amicable terms with your spouse or significant other, and no one is blaming the other party– it just didn’t work out. Even if your ex agrees to pay you a certain amount for alimony, without legal documentation, they are not legally required to do so. This can significantly impact your financial future.
Here at Law Office of Janice V. Coulter, we want to make sure you are taken care of financially through alimony/spousal support when necessary. Contact us today with questions!
Often, the most painful part of the divorce process is negotiating the alimony/spousal support amounts between split parties. Because of the delicacy of the situation, it’s these proceedings that often make the experience of going through a divorce worse.
When referring to alimony vs spousal support, they are one and the same, the difference being that spousal support is a gender-neutral term that refers to the payment for support of an ex-spouse as ordered by the court. Because it is entirely dependent on the specifics of your situation, it is challenging to know what you’re entitled to without a deep dive into the spouses’ financials.
Janice understands the delicate nature of this part of the process and can help you navigate your case with dignity. Give us a call today to schedule a private consultation in our Charlotte, NC office with Janice to discuss your personal situation and see how we can offer immediate help.
Common Questions About Alimony and Spousal Support
Getting divorced can impact nearly every part of your life, including your financial situation. Spousal support can ease some of the financial burden of getting divorced, and we have answered some questions about this form of financial assistance down below.
What is the purpose of alimony?
Alimony, often referred to as spousal support, is financial support provided by one former spouse to the other after the finalization of a divorce. These payments can help you maintain your lifestyle once your marriage has ended.
Can you request spousal support after finalizing your divorce?
You must request spousal support as you go through the divorce process. Generally, you cannot ask for this type of financial support after you finalize your divorce.
How long can I receive alimony for?
In the court order, you and your spouse can jointly decide an appropriate length for alimony. If you cannot agree on a length, the court will determine a timeline appropriate for your situation.
Can either spouse request alimony?
Either spouse can request that the court award alimony during the divorce process. The court will look at a variety of factors before rewarding this financial support, like the age of both spouses, the circumstances that led to the separation, the standard of living established during the marriage, the length of the marriage, and others.
How can your firm help me with alimony and spousal support?
If you are getting divorced, we can support your request for alimony and devise a strong case on your behalf. As your family lawyer, we will provide compassionate, responsive, and tenacious service along the way.