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  1. Who is entitled to Alimony?

    Only a dependent spouse is entitled to receive alimony. To be considered a dependent spouse there must be a showing of substantial dependence upon the other spouse for his or her maintenance and support. Substantially dependence means that a spouse will be unable to meet his or her needs in...
  2. Can alimony be modified?

    Yes, if the person seeking the modification can prove there has been a substantial change of circumstances when comparing the circumstances that existed at the time of the initial order to those that exist when the modification is sought. In determining if a modification is appropriate, the court must consider...
  3. Will alimony terminate if certain events occur?

    Yes. By law, alimony terminates: upon the death of either spouse, upon the remarriage of the spouse receiving alimony, at the end of the period specified by the court, if a specific duration is ordered, or when the spouse receiving alimony engages in cohabitation as defined by statute.

Call the Law Office of John P. Fernandez if you have questions or need legal representation in a family law matter. John Fernandez is licensed to practice law in North Carolina. The laws of North Carolina may differ from other states and no information contained herein should be considered legal advice.

About John Fernandez

John P. Fernandez | Child Custody and Divorce Lawyer | Raleigh, NCAttorney John Fernandez works with North Carolina individuals and families who need advice or representation in estate planning and administration matters. John provides an in-depth analysis of each client’s needs and works toward reducing estate taxes, avoiding probate and ensuring that health care decisions are handled appropriately. John helps individuals with modest and large estates achieve their goals.


John P. Fernandez
Attorney at Law
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Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 601-5028

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