In South Carolina an award of alimony/spousal support is gender neutral and available to whichever spouse earns less. It is not an automatic right, but is based on need, the ability of the other spouse to pay and a number of other factors, any and all of which can affect the amount, if any, of the spousal support award, as well as nature and the duration thereof. We assist the client through this complicated process by not only applying their facts to the statutory factors, but also to the common judiciary practices in this locale.
An individual seeking alimony/spousal support needs to understand that their right to alimony can unintentionally vibe forfeited. Thus, a spouse who is contemplating leaving their marriage and trying to make a claim for spousal support should be careful to avoid the potential pitfalls they could face by seeking the early advice of counsel.