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Legal Information: Alabama


January 6, 2020

Can I get alimony once the divorce is finalized?

Alimony is financial support paid by one spouse to another. Depending on various factors, alimony can be granted once the divorce is finalized.1 The alimony can be payable in one lump sum, by installments, or by a combination of the two.2 The judge will consider different factors depending on the type of payments to be order, but in general s/he will consider:

  1. the length of the marriage;
  2. the age, health and station in life (social position) of each spouse;
  3. each spouse’s future prospects (possibilities for success, advancement, etc.);
  4. the source, value, and type of property owned by each spouse;
  5. the standard of living during the marriage and potential to maintain that standard; and
  6. the fault of the spouses related to the cause for the divorce (when appropriate).3

Alimony will be terminated once the spouse who receives alimony has remarried or it can be proven that s/he is openly cohabitating with a person of the opposite sex.4

1 See generally Ala. Code §§ 30-2-51, 30-2-52
2 See, for example, Madden v. Madden, 399 So.2d 304 (1981)
3 See Currie v. Currie, 550 So.2d 423, 425 (Ala.Civ.App.1989)
4 Ala. Code 1975 § 30-2-55