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How you know if you'll receive alimony after divorce

When you get divorced, one of the things that you need to know about is alimony. Alimony is paid out to a former spouse based on an agreement made between the couple or a decision that was made by the court. There are several kinds of alimony.

Alimony's purpose is to limit an unfair economic effect from a divorce. For example, if you are stay-at-home mom, you would likely not have the same income as a working father. Alimony would make up for that discrepancy for a period of time.

There are many factors that determine alimony including your age and physical condition. If you are younger, you have a longer time to earn and may receive less alimony. If you are an older spouse, then you may need more alimony to make up for the loss of retirement or other important benefits that you had through marriage.

Alimony may be limited to the length of time you need for further education or training to become self-sufficient, or it could extend throughout the rest of your life. Each case is different, so your attorney will need to look at the facts of the case before letting you know what may or may not happen in court.

Your standard of living during your marriage also has an impact on alimony payments. If you had a high standard of living thanks to your spouse's paycheck, then the court may order alimony payments to help adjust your income to provide you with a similar standard of living after your divorce.

Each of these items can affect you, and many other factors also apply. Your attorney will know best what to expect by reviewing your case.

Source: FindLaw, "Spousal Support (Alimony) Basics," accessed Dec. 30, 2016

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