Postseparation support (PSS) and alimony are forms of spousal support paid by one spouse to the other to help cover the cost of living expenses. Postseparation support is a temporary form of support that only exists for a certain stated period of time, usually until an alimony claim is resolved by order or agreement.
Alimony is referred to as a permanent form of spousal support. The term permanent is somewhat deceptive as the duration of alimony is determined based on a number of factors and often for a time shorter than the length of the marriage. This obligation usually lasts for a fixed period of time and ends if the spouse receiving alimony remarries or lives with a significant other.
In North Carolina, there are no statutory guidelines to determine the amount or duration of spousal support. Instead the court considers a number of factors including the length of the marriage, the ages and health of both spouses, the income and earning abilities of both spouses, the standard of living established during the marriage, and any marital misconduct.
Postseparation support, alimony, and other financial matters related to divorce can be very complicated. Our attorneys at Church Watson Law will help you understand how these factors apply to your individual circumstances and will do all we can to ease your concerns.
We can assist with all aspects of spousal support issues including:
- Temporary support arrangements
- Long-term alimony
- Alimony and business assets
- Modification of support arrangements when income or other circumstances have changed
- Enforcement of alimony and spousal support orders, when necessary