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Obtaining spousal support in North Dakota

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2024 | Divorce |

Receiving spousal support (alimony) can make all the difference in maintaining a standard of living after divorce comparable to that during the marriage. It can also help disadvantaged spouses make ends meet and simply survive amid financial hardships.

Obtaining alimony is possible, but the complexities of North laws may put up a few roadblocks. Learning more about spousal support can equip you to overcome any hurdles you may face in your journey.

What types of support are available?

You have three main possibilities when it comes to obtaining spousal support in North Dakota.

  • Rehabilitative: A temporary award for a spouse who needs education or training to achieve financial independence.
  • General term: Ongoing financial assistance for spouses with a limited ability (due to things like age and health) to become self-supporting.
  • Lump sum: A one-time, predetermined payment that offers a clean break from financial ties with an ex.

As you can see, alimony in the 21st century is much different than in the mid-20th century when spouses (primarily stay-at-home mothers and wives) could expect support indefinitely.

How are support decisions made?

Courts award spousal support based on a thorough evaluation of each spouse’s financial situation. A few of the factors they examine include:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The health and age of each spouse
  • The standard of living established during marriage
  • The expenses and needs of each spouse
  • The contributions of each spouse to the marriage

Understanding the nuances of spousal support in North Dakota is crucial to your post-divorce future. Getting experienced legal guidance can help you negotiate fair alimony that reflects your current economic circumstances and future goals.

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