What defines dependant spouse?
If one has a job and is able to live on their own, why would the abandoned spouse (supporting spouse) be expected to pay the dependant spouse?
As I understand it NC laws want to treat marriage like a “partnership.” I have been in a couple of business partnerships and none of these partnerships provided me with a penny once dissolved. If you marry for “better or worse” and your spouse abandons you then haven’t they broken the contract? Why would the court award them, even if they needed the money?
Lastly, given the complexity of marital laws why aren’t people required to read and sign a statement saying they fully understand and agree with all components before marrying. My guess is that many young and uninformed people get married only to be bit by this when it doesn’t work…