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A payment from one spouse to another. Unlike child support, which is determined by a formula, alimony is determined based upon the examination of twelve statutory factors:

  • the causes for the breakdown of your marriage,
  • your age,
  • health,
  • occupation,
  • vocational skills,
  • employability,
  • length of marriage,
  • amount and sources of income,
  • station (standard of living),
  • estate,
  • liabilities,
  • the needs of each of the parties, and
  • the desirability of a parent securing employment if that parent has an award of custody of the children.