Earlier, an attorney replied to a post:

"A claim of abandonment, while encompassing more than economic factors, does not carry much weight in court these days, and many spouses leave the home prior to having an agreement in effect, especially if the monthly bills for the dependent spouse are taken care of.

Could you explain why abandonment doesn’t carry much weight, and in what circumstances it would be considered?"

Thank you.


Over the years the impact of abandonment has dissipated in NC family law. If you cannot demonstrate you are a dependant spouse you cannot get alimony anyway, regardless of any abandonment. You can include a claim for abandonment, but the honest truth is that not much will come of it.