Typical alimony?


#1

Does anyone have any general insights into how long, or even if, alimony would be paid in the case of a marriage lasting just a year or so?


#2

USUALLY alimony last for 1/2 the length of the marriage. For a one year marriage, alimony may or may not even be awarded.


#3

The “rule of thumb” is that alimony is awarded for half the length of any marriage less than 10 years. In a case of a marriage that has lasted only a few months, it will be difficult for a dependant spouse to plead a case for support.


#4

What about marriages more than 10 years. Does half the length of the marriage rule of thumb still apply?


#5

Again, it is just a rule of thumb, meaning it is not law, and there is no way of knowing the term of alimony ordered by a judge. In marriages longer than 10 years, there is more of a possibility the term would be extended.


#6

does it matter whether it is a second marriage in setting alimony?


#7

Nope. It depends on the factors. However, previous obligations may be considered such as alimony to another ex wife and child support for children born of a previous marriage. I reckon as long as the Court determines a supporting spouse can afford it, alimony can be paid to as many spouses as one racks up.


#8

Momsdaughter iscorrect. All factors, including other obligations will be taken into account when the court considers what a proper award of alimony will be.