To receive alimony you must prove that you are the dependent spouse, that the other party is the supporting spouse, and that the other party has the ability to pay.
How long will I have to pay?
The duration is completely in the judge's discretion. In making the determination, the judge will consider a number of factors such as the length of the marriage, the income and earning capacity of each spouse, marital misconduct, and the health and age of each spouse.
How much will I have to pay?
The amount is also completely in the judge's discretion. The same factors that are used to determine the duration of an alimony award are used to determine the amount.
He had an affair. Can I get more money?
Possibly. Marital misconduct is one of the many factors the judge will consider in determining the amount and duration of an alimony award. If the affair was condoned, however, it will have no impact on the judge's ruling.
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