how long do you have to be married to receive alimony in North Carolina?

I heard 10 years, is this true?

Asked on March 5, 2017 under Family Law, North Carolina


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

How long you have to be married in order to get alimony varies from state-to-state. Some states set a minimum of at least 10 years; other states limit the amount of alimony you can receive rather than saying how long you have to have been married in order to be eligible to receive it. My research suggests that NC is in the latter category (i.e. there is no set amount of years).

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