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A court may order alimony, or spousal maintenance, in limited situations. Divorcing spouses may, however, agree to an award of spousal maintenance for a variety of reasons that may be beneficial to both parties.
Who is eligible for court ordered spousal maintenance?
In certain situations where a spouse was guilty of a crime constituting family violence, the other spouse may be eligible to receive spousal maintenance. Otherwise, the marriage must have lasted 10 years or longer before a spouse is even considered eligible to receive alimony.

Factors Considered

If a spouse is eligible to be awarded maintenance, the court will consider the relevant factors to determine the amount and duration of payments. These factors include:

1) The receiving spouse's ability to meet his or her needs given that spouse's resources.

2) The education and employment skills of both spouses.

3) The duration of the marriage.

4) The age and employment skills of both spouses.

5) The ability of the paying spouse to meet his/her own needs.

6) Acts by either spouse in wasting or unscrupulous use of the parties' property.

7) The spouses' resources in comparison to one another.

8) The contribution by one spouse to the education, training, or increased earning power of the other spouse.

9) The property brought to the marriage by either spouse.

10) The contribution of a spouse as homemaker.

11) Any marital misconduct of the spouse seeking maintenance.

12) the efforts of the spouse seeking maintenance to pursue employment counseling.


A court may not order spousal maintenance for more than twenty percent of the paying spouse's average monthly gross income and only up to $2,500 per month maximum.


With exceptions in cases where a spouse or a child is disabled, a court may not order alimony for more than three years. The obligation to pay future maintenance will terminate if either party dies or the receiving spouse remarries.

Brandon Young Bell

Areas of Practice
  • Family Law