Alimony is payment for the support and maintenance of a spouse, either in a lump sum or on a continuing basis. It is a general rule that the ‘dependent spouse’ is paid by the ‘supporting spouse’ based on economic needs. The amount can be determined in litigation, or it can be settled in the form of a separation agreement. There are many factors used to determine alimony:
Alimony is typically long term if paid on a continual basis, whereas post-separation support is temporary.
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