Alimony is a tool that helps an economically dependent spouse have more financial security. Alimony is designed to provide the spouse receiving a lower income with money to pay for expenses.
There are a number of considerations that a judge makes when deciding if alimony will be granted. This will differ from state to state. But generally, the current and future earning ability of both parties will be considered as well as the health, age and length of the marriage.
The spouse who is paying alimony wants to minimize the amount paid as alimony as much as possible while the other party wants to receive the maximum amount. A skilled alimony attorney will know how to appropriately navigate this area of family law.