Child Support & Alimony

Eastern NC Child Support Lawyers

At the North Carolina law firm of Gerrans, Foster & Sargeant, PA, our Kinston child support attorney and board-certified family law specialist is here offer the expert legal counsel and representation you need. Whether you need to enforce a child support order or resolve a dispute over spousal support (commonly called alimony), you can count on us to uphold your best interests at every stage of the process.

Child Support In North Carolina

The noncustodial parent is required to help pay for the cost of raising the children until they turn 18 (or 20, if they are still in school). North Carolina follows specific child support guidelines when awarding this money to the custodial parent. Although the courts place great emphasis on the guidelines, they are not laws, and the child's best interests (along with what is fair and equitable for the parents) will be the ultimate determining factors.

Because the custody and visitation arrangement is an important factor in determining child support, it is wise to engage the help of an attorney early on in the divorce process. However, if your circumstances or your ex-spouse's circumstances significantly change, you can request a child support modification at any time.

Spousal Support In North Carolina

Post-separation support is a type of temporary spousal support intended to help provide for the dependent spouse's financial needs until a permanent alimony ordered is entered. Permanent alimony may be awarded in a lump sum or over a period of time, and despite the word "permanent," it is not necessarily lifelong.

In determining spousal support or alimony payments, the courts will look at a variety of factors, including:

  • Both parties' incomes, expenses and earning abilities
  • The standard of living established during the marriage
  • Any marital misconduct, such as infidelity
  • The length of the marriage
  • The ages and physical, mental and emotional conditions of both parties

Consult Our Kinston or Morehead City Alimony Attorneys

To schedule a consultation with a respected family law lawyer at Gerrans, Foster & Sargeant, PC, call us at 252.522.4500 or send us an email today. We will gladly listen to your child support or alimony concerns and advise you of your rights and options.