Posts tagged alimony
Financial Shock of Divorce After 50

Research finds that splitting up after age 50 can be far more damaging to emotional and financial health than divorcing at younger ages. Distribution of assets and allocation of support in a divorce settlement can have a major impact on your long-term future.

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Why is Marital Standard of Living Important?

Judges evaluate marital standard of living to determine whether the alimony or child support a party is seeking is reasonable and necessary.  The expenses incurred by a dependent spouse seeking support should correlate with expenses incurred during the marriage for similar purposes. 

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Tax Law Changes and Divorce in 2019

Tax law changes went into effect on January 1 which will impact how separating spouses negotiate agreements in the new year. If you are separating from your spouse in 2019, it is important to talk with an experienced family law attorney and a tax expert about how the new law will affect you.

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Preparing a Financial Affidavit

When preparing a financial affidavit, the best policy is to be honest and realistic. We recommend that you review and verify all financial documents that pertain to your current income and expenses, as well as drawing parallels to the marital standard of living.

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Understanding Financial Affidavits

In all legal actions that include claims for child support, post-separation support, and/or alimony, the local family court rules for Buncombe County require each party to complete and file with the court a “financial affidavit” (local Form 4). 

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Spousal Support, Part 2: Determining Alimony

How does a judge determine the amount and duration of an alimony award? One of the goals of alimony is to ensure that a dependent spouse has adequate resources to meet his or her needs in accordance with the standard of living established by the parties during their marriage.  

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Jim Siemens Included in 2019 Best Lawyers

Jim Siemens has been recognized in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Jim is included in Best Lawyers for his work in the practice area of Family Law.

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Spousal Support, Part 1: What is PSS?

When spouses separate, it is sometimes necessary for one spouse to provide financial support to the other spouse. North Carolina recognizes two forms of spousal support: one is post-separation support, and the other is alimony.

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Jim successfully defends orders on appeal

The NC Court of Appeals published its opinion this week on a case Jim argued before a special session of the Court in October.  Jim was successful in defending equitable distribution, alimony and child support orders entered in Buncombe County last year.

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Jim Siemens argues before Court of Appeals in Sparta, NC

Jim Siemens traveled last week to the mountain town of Sparta, North Carolina to present an oral argument before the Court of Appeals. The argument was part of a special session celebrating the 50th anniversary of the NC Court of Appeals, holding a session of court in a hometown or county with a special connection for each judge. 

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Discovery: The fact-finding and investigative phase of your case

Discovery is a legal term used to describe various processes that may be used to investigate and discover facts relevant to your case.  After a lawsuit has been filed, your attorney can use discovery to obtain information and documentation to support or defend claims and investigate allegations asserted by either party.

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What to expect when a lawsuit has been filed In your domestic case

Buncombe County is currently one of 13 judicial districts in North Carolina that has a dedicated Family Court system within its District Court division. The primary advantages to filing a legal action in a Family Court district is that the case is assigned to one judge…

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Should I try to settle with my spouse or go to court and let a judge decide?

Once you have made formal arrangements to retain a divorce attorney, usually indicated by signing a fee agreement and paying any required retainers, your attorney will begin work on your legal matters.

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Representing the dependent spouse

Jim Siemens and Brenda Coppede recently presented at the North Carolina Bar Association’s Family Law Section Annual Meeting in Charleston.

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Continuing education: Alimony modification

At some point in your professional career, you need to step forward and offer to give back to your colleagues and your profession.  Lots of good lawyers care about the quality of their work, their practice areas, and the law and policy that affect their clients. 

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