Alimony is calculated based on the income of both parties. If you make less money than your spouse and rely on his income to support the lifestyle you lived while you were married, generally you will be entitled to alimony.

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My husband and I have been married for 16 years. I worked on and off during those years. During the off years I was home raising our two children. During the on years I was working but never long enough to increase my salary or receive a retirement fund. How is alimony calculated and would I be eligible to receive it? His current income is just above $80k and mine is just below $30k.