Legal definition of alimony
Divorce & Separation Legal Terminology


Alimony means an order for payment for the support and maintenance of a spouse or former spouse, periodically or in a lump sum, for a specified or for an indefinite term, ordered in an action for divorce, whether absolute or from bed and board, or in an action for alimony without divorce.

Failure to pay ordered alimony can result in contempt of court citations and even jail time. The amount of alimony can be determined by written agreement and submitted to the court for a stipulated order.

Alimony is tax deductible as an expense of the paying ex-spouse and charged as income to the recipient.
Source: NC Domestic Relations. website
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