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Legal Information: Alaska

Divorce

Updated: 
February 1, 2021

Can I get alimony in a divorce?

Alimony, also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance, is financial support paid by, or to, your spouse. The judge can award spousal support as part of a dissolution proceeding if both parties have already agreed upon an amount and the judge has considered whether the spousal maintenance takes into consideration the factors below.1

If you or your spouse request spousal support in the divorce proceeding, the judge will consider certain factors to determine a fair alimony award. These factors include, but are not limited to the:

  • length of the marriage;
  • standard of living that was established during the marriage;
  • age and health of you and your spouse;
  • earning capacity of you and your spouse, including educational background, training, employment skills, work experiences, length of absence from the job market, and custodial responsibilities for children during the marriage;
  • financial situation of you and your spouse, including the availability and the cost of health insurance;
  • conduct of you and your spouse, including whether there has been unreasonable spending or destruction of marital assets;
  • division of property; and
  • other factors the judge decides are relevant to your case.2

1 Alaska Statute § 25.24.220(d)
2 Alaska Statute § 25.24.160(a)(2)