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Permanent Alimony Agreements

As part of the normal divorce process, many couples create alimony agreements to account for any disparity between each partner’s level of income. While many alimony agreements are only temporary—to cover legal costs and to provide a buffer period wherein the former spouse may adjust to his or her new life—other alimony agreements are permanent. When they are agreed upon or awarded by the court, permanent alimony payments are intended to help the receiving spouse maintain the lifestyle comparable to the one he or she enjoyed during the marriage.

When Determining Permanent Alimony

In order to establish a permanent alimony agreement, the following two conditions must be satisfied: 1) there must be necessity for permanent alimony, and 2) both partners must reach an agreement on the amount of the alimony—alternately the court may decide upon an amount to award. When establishing a case for permanent alimony, the following factors will be considered:

  • The individual earning capability of both partners
  • The physical, mental, or emotional condition of both partners
  • The education level and employment history of the dependent spouse
  • The needs of both partners, including those of shared dependants
  • The length of the marriage

Though this list is not exhaustive, it represents some of the most critical aspects that influence the outcomes of permanent alimony cases. In any case, our Raleigh legal team will do everything they possibly can to help you protect your interests as you and your former partner work toward an alimony agreement.

Consult with a Divorce Attorney in Raleigh

If you and your partner have chosen to divorce, you should consider consulting with a Raleigh divorce attorney at Marshall & Taylor PLLC as you work toward an alimony agreement with your partner. To discuss your circumstances with one of our divorce attorneys, please call our Raleigh office at 919-833-1040 today.

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