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Which Spouse Is Entitled to Alimony?


Determining which spouse is entitled to alimony can be a confusing and complex process. Many people have the misconception that the wife is always guaranteed alimony when a marriage comes to an end. However, neither spouse is guaranteed spousal support, regardless of how long the marriage lasted. When it comes to divorce, spousal support can be awarded to both husbands and wives.

Alimony is supposed to help the spouse with less income maintain the lifestyle they were used to during the marriage. Courts consider a number of different factors when deciding which spouse will be awarded alimony, including:

  • How long the couple was married
  • The particular needs of the spouse seeking alimony
  • Whether the supporting spouse has the necessary income to pay alimony
  • The age, health, education, and work experience of both spouses

Although a spouse might be awarded alimony as part of a divorce agreement, they are usually expected to eventually become self-sufficient. However, there are cases when a spouse can be awarded permanent alimony. This tends to occur when a spouse has been a homemaker for the entirety of a long marriage and is not reasonably expected to become self-sufficient.

Alimony orders can be terminated if:

  • The spouse receiving support gets remarried
  • One of the spouses dies
  • The spouse receiving support shares a home with an intimate partner

Alimony can also be modified if the income of either spouse changes.

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