Post-separation support is one component of a separation agreement that we can assist you with.
Many couples that find they cannot continue in their marriage for one reason or another have situations that make it difficult to head straight to divorce. To give themselves time to resolve legal responsibilities, financial concerns, property division, and child custody matters, it is not uncommon to seek a legal separation agreement before filing for divorce. In fact, since North Carolina law requires a one-year separation before being eligible to file for divorce, having one helps establish that timeline.
Since separations can often happen without much notice, such as after a major disagreement, it is only later that the spouse having the children or having little income might realize that they are in a financially precarious situation. The solution is to file for post-separation support, which is similar to alimony, although it is intended to be temporary to provide time to get back on your feet.
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At GPS Law Group, we can assist you with separation agreements that contain a post-separation support agreement. In many cases, the amount of post-separation support is decided upon between the parties, but in the absence of that, it can be left to a judge to decide in a hearing that discloses the incomes, needs, and expenses of each spouse. In this case, the judge will determine the amount of the post-separation support, as well as how long it is to last and other factors. We recommend having us go over the information beforehand as we have the experience necessary to advise you about the most likely outcome and whether post-separation support is appropriate for your situation.
If you live in the Charlotte, North Carolina area and would like to know more about post-separation support and separation agreements, as well as divorce proceedings, don’t hesitate to reach out to us to schedule a consultation.