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Dealing with divorce when you are not the breadwinner

Divorce is difficult no matter the surrounding circumstances. In addition to the emotional toll, you may be apprehensive of the impact it will have on your finances. This is especially true if you are not the breadwinner in the family or if you do not work at all. There are several things you should know about maintaining your lifestyle and dealing with divorce in such situations.

Divorcees may be eligible for permanent alimony

According to U.S. News, most states have reformed their alimony laws in a shift towards temporary support agreements. North Carolina, however, allows for permanent alimony. This means that if you are able to secure spousal support in order to maintain the standard of living established during your marriage, you may be eligible to receive such support permanently.

Financial independence can be empowering

Though it may seem daunting to separate your finances from that of your former spouse, doing so is one of the first steps in reclaiming your independence after a divorce. Whether you plan to reenter the work force or seek support from your ex, maintaining your own bank account and handling your own expenses is important in establishing your identity after a marriage ends.

Gender does not determine eligibility for support

For too long, courts required payment of alimony only from men and awarded it only to women. Recent statistics indicate that this trend is changing. Men and women can both be breadwinners, and in a divorce, both spouses ought to maintain the standard of living of the marriage. If your spouse was the primary earner, you may be eligible for alimony, regardless of your gender.

If you are wondering about your legal options for maintaining financial stability after a divorce, a lawyer may be able to help. Contact an attorney for more information.