Length of marriage


Dear nomorebs:

Greetings. Let’s see what I can and cannot answer:

  1. The statute does not state a minimum period of time for alimony.

  2. There is no such thing as a typical alimony award and the income of the parties is only one factor. I cannot give a number on this website - as it would be more reasonable to sit down with an attorney in person or on the phone and have them examine the entire situation.

  3. Real estate in another state is divided the same way the real estate in NC is divided if it is marital.

  4. Marital misconduct is behavior that usually harms the other spouse.

Thank you.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
919.787.6668 main phone
919.256.1665 direct fax

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Charlotte, North Carolina 28262
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Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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I have read that alimony depends on how long the marriage lasted in North Carolina. I would like to know just how long the marriage must last to be considered for alimony? and what is typically awarded to the dependant spouse if the supporting spouse makes about $500,000.00 a year? Also, how is real estate in another state divided? Is it still equitable if it is in another state? What does “Marital misconduct of a spouse” mean? Thank You.