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Alimony: A possible support for ex-spouses

Alimony is something that you may be able to seek during your divorce if you've been supporting your spouse through unpaid labor or if you are the lesser-earning spouse. There are a few different kinds of alimony, but the aim is the same. Alimony can help boost your income.

Alimony's primary form in today's society is temporary instead of permanent. Temporary alimony can be issued for any length of time, but there is usually an end date. For example, if you need to go to school to boost your career opportunities, the judge may award alimony for three or four years while you work to get your career back on track.

Other times, you can obtain alimony as a kind of payment for supporting your spouse and family. For instance, if you left your job to raise your children while your spouse traveled for work or paid for your spouse to go to school to obtain a better job, then alimony could be a good way to pay you back some or all of what you put into your spouse's career.

Not all people obtain alimony during divorce, but it is possible to get it. When you make a case for alimony, you should remember that the length of your marriage and your earning capacity matter. Your current state of health along with your spouse's health and earning capacity also plays a role in deciding if alimony is right for this divorce.

Our site has more on what to expect if you plan to seek alimony when you are negotiating your divorce. With help, it's possible to get what you need.

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