How Is Alimony Paid And How Long Does Alimony Last?
Alimony can be paid either periodically, typically monthly, or by lump sum. It can last as long as the spouses agree or if they do not agree the length of time is typically decided by a judge. There are no calculators for alimony like there are for child support so it is impossible to know how long an award of alimony will be or for what the exact amount will be unless the spouses agree. A judge has wide discretion to determine how much alimony the dependent spouse needs and how much alimony the supporting spouse can pay.