Unmarried Couple Question

I do not believe she can get any type of alimony from you since you 2 weren’t married. I also do not believe you’re entitled to any income from the sale of the house since everything is in her name and you weren’t married. NC doesn’t recognize common law marriages—I don’t believe.

Her selling the house at the best price possible and moving on sounds like good advice. If you 2 had kids together, then you’re responsible for child support regardless of if you were married or not.

North Carolina does not recognize common law marriage. Because you are not married you do not owe her a duty of support and she cannot sue you to get any.

Helena M. Nevicosi
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This is not a divorce question, but I recently ended an 11 year relationship with a woman. We shared a house that was purchased in her name, and all utilities and services were also in her name. I made two payments a month to her to cover bills, a large amount at the beginning of the month and a smaller amount at the middle of the month as a courtesy. The amounts paid were not covered by a written agreement.

Since I have moved out, she is now threatening me with taking me to court to force me to pay her spousal support since she cannot live in her current situation without my income. I have advised her to sell the house for the best price she can get and move along. I understand that North Carolina does not recognize common-law marriage, but what about palimony?

It is also my understanding that since I lived in the home, and paid for half the mortgage and paid and particiapted in the upkeep of the home that I am entitled to half of the equity in the home. Is this true, and is this more of a lien situation versus an actual cash settlement?

Thanks for any advice,