Alabama Alimony Payments: The Basics

Posted by Steven D. Eversole | Aug 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

The purpose of Alimony in Alabama is to preserve, as much as is possible, the economic living condition of the parties as they existed during the marriage. There is a duty to maintain the status of their ex-spouse until such time as the spouse is self-supporting or maintaining a similar status to the one enjoyed before the separation.

The two most important factors to be considered in determining alimony payments are:

  1. The need of the spouse receiving alimony.
  2. The ability to pay by the spouse paying alimony.

However, there is a laundry list of factors that courts do take into consideration:

  • Standard of living during the marriage
  • Age and gender of each party
  • Length of the Marriage
  • Bad conduct by a party that caused the divorce(adultery)
  • Health of each party
  • Potential for maintaining their standard of living without spouse

Alimony can result from long and short term marriages as well.

About the Author

Steven D. Eversole

J.D., Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama B.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama


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