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‘Spousal Support’ Category

What Happens To Maintenance If Your Ex Dies?

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Throughout the process of divorce, many logistics need to be settled, sorted and agreed upon. These items can range from asset allocation, property distribution, and possibly child custody. Something to consider beyond this time is the financial support that one spouse may offer the other.

In traditional spousal support payouts, if the financial supporter passes away, the payments to the ex-spouse can sometimes also halt with the death.

Whether there is a legal obligation through court order alimony or (more...)

The Impact Divorce Can Have On Your Family And Mental Health

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If you’re going through a separation or divorce, you don’t need anyone to tell you that it can all get stressful.

The sleepless nights, the lack of appetite, and the worries about what’s best for the children tell you that.

You may put a brave face on to the world because that’s what you’re “meant to do” and it’s “best for the children”.

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Alimony: Here’s What You Can Expect

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California and some other states offer legal separation and dissolution of marriage. For either, one person must file a petition in the court. If you have children and/or you need spousal support, you may apply to the court for temporary support only if you filed for divorce, legal separation, annulment of your marriage or if you have a protective order against your spouse. During the divorce trial, the court may revisit the temporary support orders. At (more...)

Why You Can’t Win A Divorce

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And what to expect along the way

Going through a divorce is stressful for everyone involved, including spouses and their children. Pop culture has ingrained the idea that one “wins” divorce, but it is so much more complicated than that.

Dealing with the legal process and financial obligations can be overwhelming, let alone the parenting aspect. Then there is the healing process and moving forward either living single or dating. All of this amounts to enormous stress, (more...)

Alimony – Not the Same as “All Your Money”

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The issue of spousal support has ended more than one well-meaning mediation and polarized its fair share of litigated divorces.  Everything is going great until someone says the word “alimony” and all of sudden, defenses go up, wallets go hiding and paychecks get “lost.”

“You never realize how short a month is until you pay alimony.”   ~ John BarrymoreWhat is alimony (or spousal support)?   How long (more...)

11 Common Financial Mistakes Made in Divorces

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During your marriage, you and your ex most likely comingled funds and budgeted together. These are sound marital practices, but divorce puts you in a position that requires an in-depth review of the income, expenses, and assets that you and your ex brought to the marriage and forces you to make important decisions with lasting implications. Too often people underestimate just how complex these issues can be and how important it is to make the right choices. Your best (more...)

Alimony Court Statutes

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Alimony Statutes. Click on a statute title for the full text.

§ 50-16.10. Alimony without action.

§ 50-16.1A. Definitions

§ 50-16.2A. Postseparation support

§ 50-16.3A. Alimony (16 factors)

§ 50-16.4. Counsel fees in actions for alimony, postseparation support

§ 50-16.6. When alimony, postseparation support, counsel fees not payable

§ 50-16.7. How alimony and postseparation support paid; enforcement of decree

§ 50-16.8. Procedure in actions for postseparation support

§ 50-16.9. Modification (more...)

Three Ways Millennials Might Change Divorce Forever

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Here at WIFE, we write about divorce a lot. That’s because divorce is often the single most expensive life event a woman may experience. A divorce can change a woman’s financial trajectory dramatically, which often has negative consequences for her quality for life for years to come. With that in mind, we thought it would be worthwhile to look at the millennial generation as it begins hitting its prime marriage (and divorce) years.
How is (more...)

Financial Fraud in Divorce: How You Can Protect Your Interests

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If you believe that your soon-to-be ex-spouse will be honest about the disclosure and division of assets and income, think again! According to the National Endowment for Financial Education, nearly one-third of U.S. couples filing for divorce engage in financial infidelity.
Financial fraud in divorce is quite common in the U.S.  One spouse may hide or misrepresent assets or steal the identity of their ex-partner to tweak the divorce settlement in his/her favor. Moreover, the (more...)

Gay and Transgender Divorce: A Guide for LGBT Couples in NC

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The right to same-sex marriage – and divorce

In
2014, same-sex couples in North Carolina won the right to marry in the case of General Synod of the United Church of Christ
v. Cooper. The landmark decision in Obergefell
just one year later solidified the right of same-sex couples and transgender
individuals to get married in all 50 states. While the marriage equality
movement emphasized the historic victory that was same-sex marriage, the
reality is that same-sex couples face (more...)