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Spousal support is available to economically dependent spouses in North Carolina. State law defines a “dependent spouse” as “a spouse, whether husband or wife, who is actually substantially dependent upon the other spouse for his or her maintenance and support or is substantially in need of maintenance and support from the other spouse.” NCGS Sec. 50-16.1A
Support is generally referred to in two ways – post separation support and alimony.
There are no recommended guidelines when it comes to post-separation support or alimony awards in North Carolina. Judges will look at the spouses’ entire marital picture and consider every element, including:
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