The reason my husband is the dependent spouse is because he has chosen to stay in a field that has not paid well (golf business) and has in some instances actually resulted in increased debt. With this being the case, why am I still responsible for paying alimony?

Whether a party is entitled to alimony is based on whether one spouse is a dependent spouse and the other is a supporting spouse. After that determination is made, the court looks at a whole list of factors to determine how much (if any) is appropriate. The court may find the reason for why your husband is dependent as a factor to assess alimony. Refer to NCGS 50-16.3A for the complete list of factors.