Did you know that alimony can be withheld by an employer and paid to the affected person under North Carolina law?
North Carolina family law courts may require the earning spouse to pay alimony payments to their ex-spouse in divorce cases. This is to compensate for the non-earning spouse’s financial loss as a result of the divorce.
There are several considerations taken into account when calculating the amount of alimony. These include the duration of the relationship, the rules of the state, and the demeanor of the partner who is receiving alimony.
If an ex who is ordered to pay maintenance fails to do so, the other spouse will face financial difficulties and needs to seek the advice of a Charlotte family law lawyer.
Learn more about the court’s legal guidelines for alimony garnishments in North Carolina below.
Getting a Contempt Case
What is a contempt case? A contempt motion is a request for enforcement against a party who is not following the terms of a court order.
If a party is withholding payment on purpose, the judge will enforce the initial divorce settlement. He may order the payor to pay all remaining sums and any legal expenses.
Getting Alimony Payments Garnishment Order
The ex entitled to alimony can get help by petitioning a family court to get the payor’s wages garnished.
The court directs the payor’s employer to subtract and give the alimony sum to the beneficiary. The employer does this directly from the payor’s salary to the beneficiary under this agreement.
A Lien on Assets
If the payor ex-spouse does not pay the specified alimony, the ex may ask the family court to impose a lien on the person’s estate. The estate could be their home or a retirement fund. This lien will remain in effect until the payor makes full payment on the remaining balance.
However, if the estate is the payor’s house, the recipient will be entitled to recover the unpaid balance when the house is sold. Once a lien on the payor’s retirement fund is in place, the beneficiary has entitlement when the payor either retires, resigns, or is dismissed.
Ultimately a Judgment
If a payor owes a significant sum of alimony, the other partner can seek a money judgment from the court. That will entail instructing the payor to pay the whole sum owed, including interest.
The court could also order the payor to reimburse their ex-partner for legal fees incurred in their attempts to reclaim the alimony sum.
It’s Your Right, Claim It!
Alimony payments are an important right provided by the law to a qualified ex-spouse who cannot financially support themselves or their child.
If your ex has ignored your right to alimony despite the court’s order, and you are in the Charlotte area, contact us today. We can help you uphold and enforce the order, and all of our consultations are 100 percent confidential.
Brandon double-majored in Political Science and Criminal Justice at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He earned his Juris Doctor from Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida. Throughout his career, Brandon has received numerous awards and recognition from his peers and agencies that rate attorneys. A few of these awards are from The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyer in 2014, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 in 2014, Nation’s Top One Percent: National Association of Distinguished Counsel in 2015, Super Lawyers: Rising Stars in 2018 and 2019, and North Carolina Business Magazine: Legal Elite in 2019, among others.