How Long Can You Receive Alimony?

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Alimony depends on the ability of one spouse to pay the other spouse, as well as the needs of that spouse, and it is governed by the length of the marriage and relative financial abilities. Learn about permanent alimony that can continue until death with help from a certified civil mediator in this free video on divorce and alimony.

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You and your spouse are contemplating divorce and your spouse makes more money than you do, and you're not really making money now. In fact, you just lost your job, and you're curious about how long you can receive alimony. Hello, I'm Robert Todd, and I'm here to answer the question how long can you receive alimony? Well first of all, the law governing alimony is going to vary from state to state so you're going to check with your state to make sure the statutes governing alimony in your state give you the information that you need. But generally speaking, alimony depends on the ability of one spouse to pay the other spouse and the need of that spouse. It is governed by such things as the length of the marriage, the relative financial abilities of the parties and that sort of thing. There is permanent alimony that can continue until the death of one of the spouse's, or until the remarriage of the recipient spouse, or the cohabitate, or the cohabitation of the recipient spouse. There's also temporary alimony that lasts until the court enters a final judgment awarding permanent alimony or not awarding permanent alimony. There's also rehabilitative alimony that lasts as long as the individual needs to rehabilitate themself which is generally a short time, and there's bridge the gap alimony which is also of a short duration. If you have questions regarding this you may want to consult the services of a family law attorney. I'm Robert Todd, and thank you for watching.

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