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Request alimony for the first time after you're divorced

If your original divorce judgment didn’t mention alimony, you can file a complaint for alimony for the first time at any time after your divorce.

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What you need for Request alimony for the first time after you're divorced

Usually, people request alimony during the process of getting divorced. In some cases, it may be possible to make the request after you’re already divorced. If your original divorce didn’t award alimony, and didn’t mention alimony in any way, you can file a complaint for alimony for the first time at any time after your divorce.

To request alimony, you’ll need to file:

  • Complaint for Alimony. This is a form you write yourself, not a form you get from the court. The law libraries have many sample forms to help you.
  • Financial Statement. See Financial Statements for help deciding which form(s) to file.

Fees for Request alimony for the first time after you're divorced

There may be additional fees to the sheriff or constable for service of process. If you can’t afford to pay court fees, see Indigency (waiver of court fees).

Name Fee Unit
Complaint for Alimony (First time after divorce) $100 each
Surcharge $15 each
Summons $5 each

How to request Request alimony for the first time after you're divorced

If you or your former spouse lives in the county where you lived together, you file for alimony at the Probate and Family Court in that county. Otherwise, you can file in the county where you or your former spouse live now.

If you or your former spouse lives in the county where you lived together, you file for alimony at the Probate and Family Court in that county. Otherwise, you can file in the county where you or your former spouse live now.

Next steps for Request alimony for the first time after you're divorced

Service of process

When you file the complaint, the court staff will give you a completed summons form. You must make sure that this form is served on (delivered to) the other person. See service of process of domestic relations complaints in Probate and Family Court for more information. 

More info for Request alimony for the first time after you're divorced

A judge will make a decision about whether alimony is awarded and how much is awarded. See how the court decides on alimony for more information.

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