How many years do you have to be married in order to receive alimony?
There is no set formula to calculate the amount of alimony (or spousal support) in AL. An award of alimony is completely discretionary and is only awarded on a showing of need by one spouse together with the ability to pay by the other spouse. The factors a judge will consider in determining whether or not to award alimony are: The length of the marriage; Each party’s respective earning ability and future earning prospects; The ages and health of the parties; The value and type of property; The conduct of the parties (misconduct by either party can be considered in determining whether to award alimony); Any other factors the court determines relevant. Note: Alimony is rarely awarded in marriages of less than 12 years and is generally reserved for situations where one spouse has been economically dependent upon the other for most of a long term marriage. Additionally, in order for the trial court to include retirement benefits as part of a divorce settlement, the parties must have have been married at least 10 years during which time the retirement was being accumulated.