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The Domestic Attorneys at Kurtz & Blum on Alimony

Raleigh, NC Family Law Attorneys Discuss the Circumstances and Calculations of Alimony

Nothing in family law is more misunderstood than “alimony.”  It strikes fear into the hearts of some – but it does not have to be frightening.  

Alimony is meant to assist someone who really needs it.  During a marriage, decisions are made about who will take on certain responsibilities.  Sometimes one person gives up job opportunities for the good of the family, or to care for the children, or to help the other person’s career.   Some alimony is for rehabilitation – to help someone finish school or training and get on his or her feet again.

North Carolina does not have or rely on an alimony calculator.  You can’t plug in numbers on a website and determine how much alimony is appropriate.  Every family situation is different and alimony is based on the circumstances that exist in your marriage.  Some of the circumstances to be considered include the duration of your marriage, the contributions of a homemaker spouse, and the way you lived when you were together.    Other factors such as infidelity, abandonment, or alcohol and drug abuse can have an effect on alimony as well.

While Alimony can be complicated, a good lawyer can guide you through the minefield.  Call me and we will discuss your situation and determine what is best for you.

Our family law attorneys help people throughout Wake County, North Carolina.  We frequently handle offenses arising out of the following cities: New Hope, Wendell, Cary, Wake Forest, Holly Springs, Apex, Zebulon, Raleigh, Knightdale, Rolesville, Garner, Morrisville and Fuquay-Varina.