There are several types of
alimony a judge can order during a divorce:
is paid while the divorce is still pending.
is paid indefinitely, unless one of the parties dies or the spouse receiving
support remarries. This type of alimony is common when the parties were
married for a long time.
is paid while one of the parties acquires new job skills, education or
obtains employment. Once the spouse has gotten a job or becomes financially
self-sufficient, the payments usually stop.
Lump Sum Alimony
is paid just once. Lump sum alimony is common in highly contentious divorce
cases or if one of the spouses has a terminal illness.
is designed to help one of the spouses until they are able to get back
on their feet and financially support themselves. This type of alimony
is usually paid for two years.
How Alimony is Determined
Judges do not have a specific formula for determining alimony. Instead,
they take a number of factors into consideration, including, but not limited to:
The duration of the marriage
The standard of living the couple shared during the marriage
Each spouse's current level of income
If one spouse stayed home to raise children
If one spouse worked while the other pursued higher education or a professional license
child support is also being paid