The law of alimony is gender neutral. My experience, however, is that it is tough for men to get alimony. It is also fairly unusual to see much, if any, alimony awarded after a short marriage. If he were to be awarded alimony it is up the the judge to determine how long it lasts. Most alimony cases are, however, resolved by agreement and a judge is rarely involved unless the parties are unable reach agreement.

Lee S. Rosen
Board Certified Family Law Specialist
The Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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I have been separated from my husband for several months. I’ve had consults with a few lawyers. He wants me to pay alimony to him. I make more money than him, but he is capable of making more than he does. Our marriage was only a few years in duration. If he were to be awarded alimony would it be for a short period of time or until he remarries if he does? Also, is it easy for men to receive alimony in NC?