Will I be able to get alimony?

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Will I be able to get alimony?

I have been married for 29 years and have not worked. I got married at age 17 and dropped

out of school in the 10th grade. I was a stay-at-home mom and still have 1 child under 18

and in school. My husband makes $120,000 a year plus bonus. I just need to know where I stand.

Asked on October 11, 2016 under Family Law, South Carolina

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Alimony (or spousal support) is usually reserved for situations where one spouse has been economically dependent on the other for most of  marriage of 10 years or more. The amount of support to be awarded, as well as a determination of whether a spouse is entitled to alimony, is within the discretion of the court. The 3 most important factors in making this determination are: the duration of the marriage; the overall financial situation of the parties, especially the ability of the supporting spouse to pay; and whether either spouse was more at fault than the other. Finally, alimony stops when either party dies, when the spouse receiving alimony remarries or co-habitates for 90 days or more. At this point, you should consult directly with a local divorce attorney who can explain your rights more fully.


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