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North Dakota Divorce Support


North Dakota divorce support regulations are applicable for all the couples who have applied for legal separation in court of law. The discretionary power to confer the North Dakota divorce support rests with the family court. The court settles the North Dakota divorce support issues according to the state statutes and on the basis of the circumstantial evidences produced by the parties. The decision of the court completely depends on the requirement of the spouses and their income resources. Both the parties are bound to abide by the decision of the court. Court has the power to modify the decision regarding the North Dakota divorce support in future if the circumstances change in course of time.

ND spousal support - Spousal support is given by either of the spouses to the other depending on the decision of the court. Spousal support is awarded by the court to enable the financially weaker or unemployed spouse to support him or herself. In North Dakota spousal support is awarded by the according to the North Dakota Century Code - Volume 3A - Chapters: 14-05-24. For deciding on the type of the support and the amount for the support the court considers various aspects including the following –

  • Age and health of the parties.
  • Duration of the marriage.
  • Requirement of the parties to maintain the same standard of life that was attained during the marriage.
  • Properties held by the spouses – both marital and separate.
  • Income sources of the spouses.
  • Chance of getting property and future prospects of earning of both the spouses
  • Tax consequences of the parties and their other financial obligations.

ND child support – Child support is awarded by court to ensure the proper upbringing of the child and to equally divide the responsibilities of rearing the child between both the parents. In North Dakota the issue of child support is settled by the court as per North Dakota Century Code - Volume 3A - Chapters: 14-08-07, 14-09-08, 14-09-08, 14-09-09. In this state the child support is calculated by the court on the basis of the Income Shares Model. In this process the required amount for the child support is decided by the court according to the worksheet and after considering the best interests of the child. Then this required amount is divided between the two parents as per their earning and then these two amounts are offset to decide who will pay for the child support.

ND property division in divorce – In the state of North Dakota, properties are distributed between the spouses by the court according to North Dakota Century Code - Volume 3A - Chapters: 14-05-24. As North Dakota is an ‘Equitable Distribution’ state, all the marital properties of the couple are equitably distributed between the spouses by the court.

While deciding on the North Dakota divorce support the court always ensures that none of the spouses face any type of financial hardship resulting from the divorce.


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