What is Alimony?

Alimony is the money paid by one ex-spouse to the other for support under the terms of a court order or settlement agreement following a divorce. Except in marriages of long duration (ten years or more) or in the case of an ailing spouse, alimony usually lasts for a set period, with the expectation that the recipient spouse will become self-supporting, “spousal support” of “maintenance.”

From NOLO Plain-English Law Dictionary