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Does Alimony Last Forever?

In Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

Alimony, also referred to as spousal support, is money provided from a “supporting” spouse to a “dependent” spouse. To qualify for court-ordered alimony, a dependent spouse must demonstrate an actual financial dependence on the supporting spouse, and that the alimony is required to maintain the lifestyle he or she was accustomed to during the marriage. How is the Duration of Alimony Determined? North Carolina General Statute Section 50-16.3a (that a is supposed to be capitalized. I can’t change it) provides that a court has the discretion to award alimony “for a specified or for an indefinite term.” In deciding the duration and amount of alimony, the court has wide discretion to consider “all relevant factors,” which include: Marital misconduct during the marriage and after the separation date; The earnings and …