On the surface of it, I wouldn’t think there is too much discrepancy in income to warrant much alimony – of course, that’s only my opinion.
Probably what would help people here give you their advice would be if you honestly shared information about the factors in your situation that might affect alimony: how long were you married, what are the events that lead to your dirvoce, did you both always work (vs. one of you putting the other through school, etc…).
Not to nitpick, but if you give your ex $1,000 a month and you make $6K, she makes $4.2K – how will that cause her gross income to be higher than yours?
My only advice here is that there are many other things to negotiate in addition to alimony as part of the equal distribution. My gut tells me that if you were not part of an adulterous affair, it would be unlikely the court would award much alimony (if it ever went to court).
My personal experience: my STBX never worked (didn’t have to) during our marriage and now she works part-time. I paid her substantial alimony – in the true nature of spousal support – to get her on her feet, job retraining, whatever. The committment was for up to 5 years, half of the marriage duration.
Fortunately for me, she moved in with her adulterous boyfriend six months later and the support payments stopped because she was then cohabitating.[:p]