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Seeking a Higher Education After You Divorce

In Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

Attaining a college degree, a professional license, a masters degree, or other certification is part of the American Dream for a lot of people. Not only is there a sense of pride and accomplishment in this achievement, but it can also be an essential step toward career advancement and higher salary. For some, dreams of a higher education were put on hold, or did not even start, due to marriage and family. In fact, staying home with children or supporting another spouse’s career advancement is a decision that many people face. Therefore, the spouse that puts aside their educational goals for the sake of family or marriage may find themselves at a disadvantage should their marriages end. Fortunately, there may be relief for spouses in this position. Alimony Supports Further …

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Can I Receive Alimony Even If I’m Working?

In Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

Alimony, or spousal support, is designed to provide financial support and stability for a spouse who has fewer resources than the other spouse. If alimony cannot be agreed to, it can become a highly contentious aspect of a divorce, especially as it is one of the few places that the court can actually consider a spouse’s marital misconduct, such as adultery. A jury can even be requested as to whether marital misconduct occurred. In short, alimony proceedings can be emotionally charged, even after the dust of trial has settled. Alimony Factors Account for Working Spouses North Carolina General Statute Section 50-16.3A governs alimony awards paid by a “supporting spouse” to a “dependent spouse”. Naturally, many supporting spouses do not want to pay alimony, and therefore want to fight an alimony …