Alimony: What do I need to know before divorce?

If a divorce has become a reality for you, alimony payments may become a necessity. This is most likely the case if one spouse’s earnings are more than the other’s and you have been married for a minimum number of years. If the court orders you to pay alimony, you will need to pay it once a month until a specific date determined by the judge.

There are certain conditions when alimony may cease, including if your spouse remarries, if your children become no longer classified as dependents, if your former spouse does not make at least a minimal effort to support his or herself, and if the recipient of the alimony dies.

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