In some cases, one spouse is financially dependent on the other. For example, one spouse may leave the workforce in order to care for the children at home. In cases like this, the dependent spouse may be awarded alimony while he or she re-enters the workforce. Read on to learn more about who may be eligible for alimony and how alimony arrangements are determined.
How do I know if I am eligible for alimony?
There are different types of alimony awarded depending on your situation. The four types of alimony awarded include:
- Rehabilitative alimony: Rehabilitative alimony is primarily used when a spouse requires additional schooling or vocational training in order to enter the workforce and become financially independent.
- Reimbursement alimony: Reimbursement alimony is primarily used if both spouses have pooled their resources together to allow one party to pursue further education to achieve a higher earning potential. The spouse who sacrificed his or her own earning potential or education opportunities may be entitled to reimbursement.
- Limited-duration alimony: This type of alimony is primarily used to assist spouses who were in shorter-term marriages. Limited-duration alimony will typically last until self-sufficiency has been reached or a set date has been reached.
- Open-durational alimony: Open-durational alimony is primarily used for spouses who have been married for over 20 years. This alimony does not have a set end date. However, it can be ended or altered in certain circumstances. For example, if the dependent spouse remarries or becomes financially independent, alimony may be ended.
How is alimony determined?
There is a lot that goes into choosing the type of alimony you will be awarded. While the type of alimony you are awarded will generally determine the length of the arrangement, a judge will still need to determine the amount of payments. In order to make this decision, a judge will consider:
- Duration of your marriage
- The standard of living established in your marriage
- You and your spouse’s age and health
- If you have any children
- Your child custody agreement
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