Divorce certainly places a financial strain on both parties. If you are the spouse with lesser or no income, you may be granted alimony by a judge. Alimony is sometimes called spousal support and provides financial assistance for the lower-income spouse.
Often times, alimony is reserved for cases when one spouse has been financially dependent on the other for a long period of time.
It is important to note that spousal support is not the same as child support. There is no mathematical equation to calculate what one spouse will pay. Alimony is left up to the discretion of the judge.
There are two main kinds of alimony: permanent and rehabilitative. Permanent alimony is rarely awarded for marriages lasting less than ten years. In cases where both spouses have relatively similar incomes, permanent alimony is also rarely awarded.
Rehabilitative alimony is alimony paid to the lower income spouse while in the process of finding a new job. This is often times a small amount and will only last for a few months or years.