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General term alimony: Support paid regularly to an ex-spouse who is financially dependent on the former spouse. The length of time general term alimony is paid depends in part on the length of the marriage.
Rehabilitative alimony: Support paid regularly to an ex-spouse who is expected to be able to support themselves by a predicted time.
Reimbursement alimony: Support paid regularly or one-time after a marriage of not more than five years to make up for costs that the ex-spouse paid to help the paying spouse, such as such as enabling the spouse to complete an education or job training.
Transitional alimony: Support paid regularly or one-time after a marriage of not more than five years to help the spouse receiving the alimony to settle into a new lifestyle or location as a result of the divorce.
General Term Alimony” usually continues for a longer time for long marriages, and a shorter time for short marriages.
Alimony also normally stops when:
Judges can choose to continue alimony for a longer period of time, for good reason. If alimony is supposed to end, but you would like to receive alimony for a longer time, you may file a Complaint for Modification. The court may give you an extension if you have:
Either you or your spouse, or both, can ask for alimony at the time of divorce. Also, if the original divorce judgment did not mention alimony at all, you can file a complaint for alimony for the first time at any time after your divorce.
Alimony may be changed after a divorce through a process called a modification. See Request to change your alimony for more information on this process.