An alimony award can have a significant impact on your financial situation from the time the petition for divorce is filed until long after a final divorce decree has been entered.

Post-separation support is an important type of financial support that allows you to retain a position that is as close as possible to your standard of living during your marriage. This support can be very helpful in the stressful situation that divorce causes.

In order to make sure your rights to alimony or post-separation support are protected, you should speak with a professional you can trust.

The attorneys at SeiferFlatow can skillfully help you with your alimony issue and make sure that you get what you are entitled to. Call SeiferFlatow today at 704-512-0606 to schedule a consultation.

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Alimony is payment for the support and maintenance of a spouse to be paid in a lump sum or on a continuing basis that is granted in the divorce decree or in a judgment from a separate alimony action.

In order to receive alimony, the spouse seeking the alimony must prove:

  • That the spouse seeking the alimony is actually and substantially dependent on the other spouse for maintenance and support
  • That an award of alimony is fair considering all relevant factors, including marital misconduct.

Post-separation support is money paid from one spouse to another from the time of separation until either the date specified in the post-separation support order or an order awarding or denying alimony. In order to be awarded post-separation support, the party asking for it must show:

  • The parties were lawfully married;
  • The party seeking post-separation support is dependent upon his or her spouse for support;
  • The party from whom post-separation support is sought is a supporting spouse;
  • The party seeking post-separation support cannot meet his or her financial needs; and
  • The supporting spouse has the ability to pay post-separation support.

Meet the Family Law Team

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Missy Foard

Partner - Head of Family Law

Missy’s mission is to help individuals navigate through these highly bureaucratic systems while providing superior client service and advocacy.

Read more about Missy and how she helps her family law clients in NC.

Megan Kahane

Megan Kahane

Associate Attorney

Megan understands that each client’s situation is unique, and she is committed to serving as a fierce and compassionate advocate for all of her clients. She practices empathy with every client to ensure that they feel that their concerns are heard and their needs are met.

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Lisa Davies


In her 10-plus years of experience as a family law paralegal, Lisa has become passionate about putting the client’s needs first. She understands the circumstances that bring clients to our office are often unsettling and it is her desire to use her experience and skills to make the process a little easier. 


"Attorney Missy Foard is an extremely effective lawyer with high professional standards. During my divorce, she was knowledgeable, organized, and very responsive. The attentiveness to detail and the care they give clients is exceptional."

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"Missy kept me informed every step of the way with my divorce case. I couldn't have done this process on my own."

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"I've only had a consultation about a custody case, thus far, with Missy Foard and I can promise you she is an amazing woman. She's knowledgeable, professional, kind, funny, and affable. Words cannot express how hopeful and elated I felt leaving our meeting. It meant the world to me. I would and will recommend anyone to this law firm. Thank you so much, Missy."

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