Dear kschweers:

First, there is no such thing as “palimony” in North Carolina, so no she could not be awarded palimony. Second, I believe what you are asking is whether or not she can be awarded alimony. The answer is yes, she can still be awarded alimony even if she has run up credit card debt. Credit card debt is dealt with under the equitable distribution laws.

I would advise you to read the information on alimony and then the information on equitable distribution on our website. Once you understand the basics, I am sure you will have some more questions about whether or not your wife’s behavior will constitute fault. Good luck.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

The response posted above is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only reliable manner to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an attorney, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an accurate opinion. The basic information provided above is intended as a public service but a full discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action.


My wife shows dogs and can’t keep away from running up debt
with high interest cards maxed and over the limit.
If I were to pursue divorce could she be awarded palimony?