Legal Information: Kentucky

Divorce

Updated: 
September 21, 2017

Can I get alimony?

Alimony is financial support paid by, or to, your spouse. A judge can grant you alimony if s/he finds that you do not have enough property or assets to meet your needs and one of the following is true:

  • you are unable to support yourself through an appropriate job; or
  • you have a child that you must stay at home to care for due to the child’s condition or other circumstances that make it inappropriate for you to work outside of the home.1

If the judge decides to award you alimony, s/he will determine how much to award, and for how long to order it, after looking at the following factors:

  • your financial resources, including marital property being awarded to you, and your ability to meet your needs without your spouse;
  • whether you will be receiving child support;
  • the time and cost that it would take you to get training or education to find an appropriate job;
  • your standard of living during your marriage;
  • how long you were married to your spouse;
  • your age and physical/mental condition; and
  • your spouse’s ability to meet her/his needs while supporting you.2

1 KRS § 403.200(1)
2 KRS § 403.200(2)