Length of marrige & financial support


It is my experience that the court must look at your situation as a whole, not just the length of the marriage. If it’s alimony you’re talking about, then you must prove the need for it, unless there were other factors such as adultery. My understanding is that a judge determines the amount, the terms and the duration of the alimony–there isn’t a formula.


Dear cards:

Greetings. Yes, the length of the marriage does have an impact on the amount of financial support the dependant spouse might receive.

What is the question about a “long-term marriage?” The statute does not define a long term marriage.

Legally, there is no distinction in the statute or in the case law between a 14 year and 15 year marriage. Thank you.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

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In NC, does the length of the marriage have an impact on the amount of financial support the dependant spouse might receive?

If so, how does NC define a long-term marriage?

In NC, is there a difference between being married 14 years and being married 15 years?