North Carolina Spousal Support Attorney
When one spouse has been financially dependent on the other during a marriage, that individual can face serious disadvantages in life after a divorce. Spousal support was designed to address this issue and help the spouse who stayed at home to raise children or earned significantly less income maintain the accustomed standard of living.
At the Law Office of Christopher Johnson, we are experienced in helping clients in the Wilmington area achieve reasonable and fair divorce settlements. Attorney Christopher Johnson has detailed knowledge regarding spousal support, which is often referred to as alimony, in addition to the financial and tax ramifications of such payments. Count on him to negotiate a divorce settlement that meets your particular needs.
When Is Spousal Support Granted?
Spousal support can be agreed upon during divorce negotiations or ordered by the court. When considering these payments, the court looks at:
- Each spouse's income
- The age and health of each spouse
- The length of the marriage
- Each spouse's living expenses
- The standard of living during the marriage
- Additional income or support
Temporary support is available to help the financially dependent spouse through the transition after the divorce. Permanent support arrangements can be made in certain situations, such as when one spouse is disabled and unable to care for himself or herself.
Experienced Lawyer Protecting Your Interests
Spousal support is considered taxable income for the receiver and tax deductible for the person paying. However, property received through division of property is not taxable. Therefore, most often it can be more beneficial for a divorcing couple to make adjustments through property division, rather than spousal support. Or, you may be considering requesting higher child support payments, as opposed to spousal support.
If you believe you are entitled to spousal support, our firm will help you pursue that financial assistance. If you need to pay spousal support, we will strive to achieve a fair and reasonable amount, making adjustments for your relevant costs.
Call 910-338-9854 or 888-870-6511, or contact our firm online to arrange an appointment. Wilmington alimony attorney Christopher Johnson is prepared to help you reach your goals.