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How Much Alimony?

Before we get into the question of 'Alimony, how much?" - let's start by saying there are two forms: monthly payments and one time lump sum.

Now, how much your ex-wife could get you to pay depends on the laws in your state, the income difference between the two of you, and your ability to pay spousal support.

Alimony or as it is also called "spousal support" isn't part of every divorce settlement. Each state has its own laws and parameters for determining alimony, if any is due.

Also in states allowing fault divorces, (i.e., domestic violence, desertion, drug abuse, or adultery) it can sometimes be part the award.

So if you have evidence your ex-wife has taken drugs, which caused a reduction in your joint marital assets, a judge may consider this in their alimony award decision.

Just telling or showing the judge your ex was a "bad spouse" won't make a bit of difference, you need evidence.

Now, a judge has two responsibilities when looking at alimony. First is to determine whether your ex-wife needs any spousal support and second, if necessary, to decide on the amount of the support.

The judge will make their decision largely based on the following parameters.

  • The length of your marriage
  • The ability of you and your ex-wife to work
  • Your ability to pay alimony.
  • The standard of living during your marriage and the possibility each of you can maintain a similar standard of living
  • Parental responsibilities (if your ex-wife is the primary caregiver she find it difficult to pursue a career)
  • The financial and non-financial contributions to the marriage by you and your ex-wife
  • Liabilities of you and your ex-wife

As you would expect, whether to provide for alimony, how much, and for how long creates the greatest conflict between you and your ex-wife during any divorce negotiations.

In most cases, since it was you who probably made most of the money, you will have to pay it to your ex-wife. However, it does depend on which state you live in because some states do not have alimony, they only have child support.

If you live in a state with both alimony and child support you could be required to pay both, not a happy circumstance.

And typically, payments only go until your ex-wife gets remarried.


When the marriage ends, many women look to cash in that insurance policy in the form of alimony. There are always things men can do to reduce or even eliminate alimony.

You can win alimony battles if you use a proven strategy and know how the game is played; often without going to court. With a good strategy, it's possible to negotiate your alimony down to zero!

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Remember going through a divorce is hard work, so your goal is to get through it as quickly as possible. And most cases whoever made the most money is usually required to make payments to the other spouse. Generally this sum is roughly 25% of your gross income.

So there you have it. We've tried our best to answer the question "Alimony, how much?"


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