Years of Alimony

How many years of alimony are awarded to a spouse of a 38-year marriage?

It is variable depending on the financial situation of the marriage and the ages of the parties, and it can be entirely negotiable outside of court.

It is generally expected that a payor of alimony will not pay alimony past retirement age. Most judges will affix retirement age at 67 or 68 years-old.

It is is also possible for the dependent spouse to receive greater than 50% of the marital estate in exchange for less alimony (lesser amount, lesser duration, or both) or even a waiver of alimony if the circumstances can allow for that.

Anna Ayscue

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