When awarding alimony, the court may set a specific time for the alimony to expire or it may award permanent alimony with no set end date. In North Carolina there is no statutory guidance on length of alimony, so the duration of an award is in the discretion of the judge. Factors like the length of the marriage, the ability of the supporting spouse to pay, and the needs of the dependent spouse are all relevant factors a judge may consider in determining the duration of an alimony award. If no termination date is specified in the order, the alimony will end if the recipient remarries or begins cohabiting, or when one of the parties dies.
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