The court may make adjustments to the support amount at the alimony trial, however, they do not generally make large changes in the support amount. If they found that you had enough money to pay the mortgage and spousal support at the PSS hearing there is a strong likelihood that the court will find you have the ability to continue to pay these things.
If your ex only worked part time during the marriage, and your children are young, the court may not impute more income to her than she is currently earning. Without reviewing all the facts of your case, it is hard to determine if the court will impute income to her.
The court will probably not order you to pay support using retirement assets, however, you may be required to divide the marital portion of your retirement equally.
The fact that you have a second party available to help contribute to your expenses may impact the courts determination of your ability to pay alimony.
Helena M. Nevicosi
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm
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Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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Charlotte, NC 28262
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