Greetings. First, without sitting down and discussing all the issues, there is no way that I can tell you what amount is appropriate and what amount is not.
No, there is no rule or standard for the paying spouse to pay 1/2 of his income - or any percentage for that matter.
Finally, alimony does not have much to do with one’s “contribution to the marriage.” Alimony is based on need and accustomed standard of living, among other factors. Best of luck.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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