Going such a long period of time after separation without receiving alimony diminishes your ability to show that you need alimony. Your chances might be improved if you have sought alimony but your spouse has refused to provide any support, and you can show that you have suffered financial problems as a result, for example, that you have survived only by running up credit cards and going deep into debt. Amount of alimony is notoriously difficult to predict; generally, the amount will be determined in consideration of your reasonable financial needs, your income, your spouse’s reasonable needs, and his or her consequent ability to pay.
Lara Stanford Davis
The Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607