Postseparation support is a ration of the 1995 statutory amendments that overhauled the alimony and temporary alimony law in North Carolina.  Postseparation support is temporary alimony.   It is designed as a stop-gap measure to help dependent spouses get support after separation and until final alimony is awarded or denied.

Fault usually plays little to no role in the postseparation support hearing.  Frequently the postseparation support award is based primarily on financial affidavits that are filled out by the parties prior to the hearing.    In Wake County, North Carolina, postseparation support hearings are time-limited by the court.


§ 50‑16.2A.  Postseparation support.

(a)        In an action brought pursuant to Chapter 50 of the General Statutes, either party may move for postseparation support. The verified pleading, verified motion, or affidavit of the moving party shall set forth the factual basis for the relief requested.

(b)        In ordering postseparation support, the court shall base its award on the financial needs of the parties, considering the parties’ accustomed standard of living, the present employment income and other recurring earnings of each party from any source, their income‑earning abilities, the separate and marital debt service obligations, those expenses reasonably necessary to support each of the parties, and each party’s respective legal obligations to support any other persons.

(c)        Except when subsection (d) of this section applies, a dependent spouse is entitled to an award of postseparation support if, based on consideration of the factors specified in subsection (b) of this section, the court finds that the resources of the dependent spouse are not adequate to meet his or her reasonable needs and the supporting spouse has the ability to pay.

(d)       At a hearing on postseparation support, the judge shall consider marital misconduct by the dependent spouse occurring prior to or on the date of separation in deciding whether to award postseparation support and in deciding the amount of postseparation support. When the judge considers these acts by the dependent spouse, the judge shall also consider any marital misconduct by the supporting spouse in deciding whether to award postseparation support and in deciding the amount of postseparation support.

(e)        Nothing herein shall prevent a court from considering incidents of post date‑of‑separation marital misconduct as corroborating evidence supporting other evidence that marital misconduct occurred during the marriage and prior to date of separation. (1995, c. 319, s. 2.)


Raleigh divorce lawyer Scott Allen handles postseparation support, alimony, and all other types of family law matters.  

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