Can I force my spouse to pay alimony after our divorce?
Alimony, which is the former term used to describe spousal support or spousal maintenance, may be awarded to one spouse following a divorce. The money is designed to provide financial support. Spousal maintenance may be paid to either the husband or wife.
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Keep in mind that spousal support is not awarded by the court as a form of punishment. For example, you will not be awarded spousal support simply because your spouse was unfaithful during the marriage. The ability to obtain spousal maintenance is dependent on many factors, such as the length of the marriage, the spouse’s future earning capacity and the available financial resources.
The court will be the one to determine if spousal support should be paid, as well as the amount and duration of payments.