Maintain Lifestyle?


The terminology you are referring to is found in the law related to alimony and is part of determining the appropriate amount of alimony to be paid and/or received.

Good luck.

Lee S. Rosen
Board Certified Family Law Specialist
The Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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The “accustomed standard of living” language is also found in the child support statutes, NCGS 50-13.4© and NCGS 50-13.4(c1). At very high income levels, it may be possible for both custodial and non-custodial parents to maintain their pre-divorce lifestyle. For low and moderate income parents, however, it simply isn’t possible. The lifestyle of the obligor parent will almost certainly incur a downward adjustment. The custodial parent’s lifestyle may suffer, too, depending upon the particular circumstances.


I have heard it said that the children and the custodial parent need to maintain the lifestyle they had before the separation. Is this in the law somewhere? It seems illogical to me, because now two households are supported, so all parties should have to lower their standard of living.