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The present day term for alimony is spousal support. This can be awarded to either spouse in a divorce proceeding depending on need, length of the marriage, the role of the parties in the marriage and ability to pay. If both parties are self sufficient alimony is not awarded. It may be awarded temporarily while one gets the necessary training or education to become self-sufficient.

The original awards for alimony were granted under early English Common Law when women were not allowed to work and were kept in a state of dependency by their husband's and the law. The courts recognized that they had to allow women to separate from their husbands in serious cases of abuse or abandonment. Although divorce was rarely allowed, alimony was awarded because the wife had no way to support herself and her children. Men were forced to support the wives they had abused or abandoned. A married women (most women) had no way to earn a living and all her property was under the control of her husband. She owned nothing and had no legal existence outside the marriage.

As time progressed, alimony was a means to equalize financial resources between the parties since traditionally a woman supported her husband's education and career and could in no way match the earning power he developed with her help and support.

Alimony is not something you can simply apply for. In fact, most marriages that end in divorce do not involve alimony at all. You need to consult with an attorney who can review your situation and explain your options under your state laws. The decision will eventually be up to a judge.
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How can you get alimony?

You need to consult with an attorney who can review your situation and explain your options under your state laws.

What is alimony?

 A set amount of money paid from one spouse to another to help the lesser-earning spouse maintain a certain standard of living. Alimony is most common in situations where o

Alimony in California?

Alimony in California is determined by presiding Judges and  officials. Alimony, of course, is mainly awarded to mothers with  dependent children. These mothers, of course,

How do you qualify to get alimony?

Be a woman, Tell the judge you want every dollar your ex will ever make, you don't want to ever work again, and it is your opinion that he should be punished for life. He will

When does alimony stop?

You need to review the particular court order that addressed alimony. There is no universal answer to that question.

Who gets alimony?

If both work but the parent with custody of the children cannot make the payments of the basic household finances on their own, they should be awarded alimony for an allotted

Can you get alimony after the divorce?

It's possible to seek a modification of the divorce decree afterwards. You'll need to consult a lawyer who is familiar with the law in your state to get a definitive answer, t

Can you get alimony with no kids?

If you're in the US, yes. Alimony is not for the support of children, it's for the support of ex-spouses. However, judges are not required to order alimony, and usually they o

How can you lose alimony?

Where the former spouse-payor proves to the court that a change in circumstances on the part of the former spouse-payee has occurred such that it should no longer be lawful th
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How can you get alimony if you cheated?

You don't deserve a dime if you cheated, but unfortunately it is  possible depending on the laws of your state. You should get a  (really good) lawyer to argue why you "dese
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Can your alimony that you get increase?

The alimony you get can increase based on the income of both spouses. If the person paying the alimony starts to make more money, they can be required to pay more based on a p

What can a alimony attorney do for me?

A divorce lawyer will handle the complicated process of dissolving a marriage, this includes, alimony and property division and child custody agreements. The lawyer will advis