Spousal support (alimony) is money paid by one spouse to the other in order to assist the recipient spouse achieve financial independence, if possible, and to recognize the recipient’s contributions to the marriage. It is not meant as a “parting gift” or “reparations” or a “good sport award” to reward a spouse for enduring a long marriage. Even reprehensible marital misconduct such as adultery will not affect spousal maintenance. Read more
This article is inspired and sourced from Kathleen McCarthy’s May 2015 (updated in 2019) Brief Encounters article, as published in Tucson’s Desert Leaf magazine.