At the David W. Martin Law Group, our Rock Hill family law attorneys know — no matter which side of the divorce you are on — your finances are one of the most important details to consider during the proceedings.
Whether you believe you are entitled to alimony payments after your divorce or are the one who is expected to pay spousal support, our dedicated Rock Hill divorce attorneys can help you determine how the legal standard, and your overall finances impact your unique case.
Who is Required to Pay Spousal Support in South Carolina?
Whether you call it alimony, spousal support, or maintenance, the financial settlement may be awarded to one spouse during the separation period and through the divorce.
Spousal support decisions can be made between the spouses in private, while they engage in divorce mediation — which is required in South Carolina — or during the litigation phase of their divorce — which is when the court will decide who pays and who receives alimony, or neither.
Just because South Carolina is an alimony state does not mean it applies to each divorce. Our Rock Hill spousal support attorneys will help you understand which side of the argument the court sees you on, so we can help design the best outcome for your unique needs.
How Does the South Carolina Family Court Determine Who Gets Alimony?
Our York County spousal support attorneys can help you determine your eligibility for alimony through an initial consultation where we will discuss the details the court will consider when weighing whether you receive or pay spousal support.
First, spousal support will be considered during the separation period required by South Carolina law, when the courts may make an order for one spouse to pay the other while they no longer live together, up to or after a divorce.
Those details may include, but are not limited to:
- Length of your marriage, and the standard of living during that time
- Each spouse’s education, employment history, and ability to earn
- Separate and marital assets of each spouse
- Fault-based reasons for divorce
- Child custody and child support agreements, when applicable
Spousal support in South Carolina may be awarded in a lump sum, in a set periodic payment amount, while the recipient gains the work experience, education, or training to earn an income to support themselves going forward, or as payments to reimburse one spouse for the financial or time contributions he or she made during the marriage to help the other succeed at work or school.
Generally, the courts will award alimony to one spouse when it believes he or she is at a financial disadvantage and the other spouse has the means to make the payments. No matter which side of the argument you are on, we can help you determine how the South Carolina alimony laws and standards apply to your unique case.
Does Spousal Support Last Forever in South Carolina?
Under the existing South Carolina alimony law, the only other ways payments can be terminated are:
- If the alimony recipient lives with a mate for more than 90 straight days
- If the alimony recipient remarries
- Upon the death of a former spouse
If you were ordered to pay alimony in South Carolina, but can prove the payments are no longer necessary, or need to be modified based on your unique financial circumstances, or a change in your ex-spouse’s finances, we may take your argument before a judge to request a lesser payment amount or termination of the support altogether.
Contact Our Experienced Spousal Support Lawyers in Rock Hill to Schedule a Consultation
At the David W. Martin Law Group, our alimony attorneys in Rock Hill focus on pursuing the financial outcome our clients deserve, whether they are the spouse in need of alimony or if they are the ones who may be ordered to pay spousal support.
Each of these circumstances is unique and requires a complete assessment of your marriage, divorce, and financial standing. To learn more about your eligibility to obtain spousal support, contact our skilled alimony attorneys in South Carolina at the David W. Martin Law Group today by calling (803) 985-9200 to discuss your unique position during a consultation.