A Strong Lawyer for Alimony and Support Issues

Separation and divorce almost always create the need for significant financial adjustments by both parties. Our Durham, North Carolina, legal team, led by attorney Jill E. Burton, is well-versed in major issues that can determine your financial well-being for the immediate future or the rest of your life, and protecting your hard-earned assets.

Temporary or Lifetime Support
for the More Financially Dependent Ex-Spouse

From our initial consultation forward, we can actively help you pursue and protect your financial interests. For example, if you have been the more financially dependent party in your marriage, we can file a motion for post-separation support (PSS) to help sustain you until alimony and other issues in your case are resolved. If your spouse is pursuing unwarranted PSS or alimony, we will pursue all available angles to prevent an unfair order.

How Are PSS and Alimony Issues Decided?

Post-separation support is always a temporary measure, and it can be granted at the first post-complaint hearing and remain in place until alimony is set — either by mutual consent or by the court at trial.

Unlike child support, alimony is not determined by worksheets or firm, clear legal guidelines. Either seeking or contesting alimony successfully often requires an attorney with significant skill and experience.


Many factors can be considered and disputed, including:

  • Duration of the marriage
  • Allegations of adultery or other misconduct during the marriage
  • relative earnings and earning capacities of the spouse
  • Employability of the parties and the needs of children
  • Ages and the physical, mental and emotional conditions of the spouses
  • The standard of living of the spouse established during the marriage
  • Contribution by one spouse to the education, training, or increased earning power of the other spouse
  • The relative needs of the spouses

In addition, alimony may be ordered:

  • For a specific, defined period of time or for life
  • With or without conditions, such as termination of alimony payments if the supported ex-spouse remarries or cohabitates
Depend on Our Financial Savvy and Experience
in Complex Divorce

We are diligent and resourceful in pursuing fair and reasonable PSS and alimony orders for our clients — including professionals, executives, business owners and those leaving high-income marriages. Our proven skills in evaluating complex assets, locating hidden assets and interpreting financial data can be a tremendous asset in building a strong case for you. Please contact us today to discuss your needs.


3543 Rose of Sharon Road
Durham, NC 27712
Tel: 919.688.5988
Fax: 919.680.2223

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At the Durham, North Carolina firm Jill E. Burton & Associates, P.L.L.C., an experienced
attorney and capable legal team handles high-asset, complex divorce, child
custody disputes, modifications, prenuptials and a wide range of other
sensitive family law matters for clients in the North Carolina counties
of Durham, Orange, Person, Granville, and Chatham, including the communities
of Durham, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, NC.

Please contact us to set up a consultation appointment.

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