How Long Does Alimony Last in NC?

by | Nov 15, 2023 | Alimony

There is no concrete or definite answer to the question of how long alimony lasts in North Carolina. The answer depends on your unique circumstances, income, average monthly expenses, standard of living, age and physical health, work experience, etc. Alimony, whether ordered by the judge or agreed upon by the parties in a separation and property settlement agreement or consent order, can be paid as a lump sum or as periodic payments (typically monthly alimony payments) for a specified period of time or indefinitely. If alimony is awarded by a judge, the amount and duration of alimony is entirely within the judge’s discretion. To know whether you are entitled to alimony, how much, and for how long (or how much your wife or husband may be entitled to receive), you really should meet with an attorney in your area who is experienced in family law matters. When you call to set up your divorce consult, ask whether the lawyer practices in your particular county. You will want someone who will represent you in court, if necessary. If you have specific questions about alimony in NC, contact Bennett D. Rainey today. Bennett is a family law attorney and partner at the law firm of Kurtz Whitley Guy Sanders & Rainey, PLLC, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. You may reach Bennett by email at or by phone at 336-768-1515.
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Winston Salem Collaborative Divorce Attorney

Collaborative Family Law

Collaborative divorce is a legal process in North Carolina that provides divorcing couples with an amicable alternative to family law litigation. The goal for Winston Salem collaborative divorce attorneys is to help the parties enter into a settlement agreement that resolves all issues and meets the needs of each other as well as the needs of the children.

To begin the collaborative divorce law process in Forsyth County, NC, the parties and their divorce lawyers enter into an agreement that governs how the process will occur and establishes a commitment to achieving a mutually beneficial outcome. One of the key features of collaborative divorce is that if the process fails and either spouse decides to commence litigation, both collaborative lawyers must withdraw and the parties must retain completely new attorneys.

Another key feature of collaborative law is the involvement of neutral, third-party professionals who can provide the parties and their attorneys with expert advice on the parties' financials and their mental health and emotional wellbeing. While a financial natural and mental health neutral are not always needed, they often play a vital role in ensuring the collaborative law process is a success for everyone involved.

Collaborative divorce is not right for everyone or for every case. To find out if collaborative law would be a good fit for you and your spouse, contact Winston Salem collaborative divorce attorney Bennett D. Rainey today. Bennett is trained in the collaborative law process and has the skills needed to identify the parties' respective needs and develop effective solutions that accommodate their interests and goals.

Bennett is an experienced Winston Salem divorce lawyer who regularly represents family law clients in Forsyth County, Surry County, Guilford County, Kernersville, Lexington, Thomasville, High Point, and Greensboro, as well as many other cities and counties in the area. Schedule a consultation with Bennett to learn more about collaborative law from a Greensboro collaborative divorce attorney. You can reach Bennett at 336-768-1515.

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