Do I qualify for alimony after 14 years of marriage? 61 Answers as of July 02, 2013

Do I qualify for alimony after 14 years of marriage while being a housewife?

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Snake River Law PLLC
Snake River Law PLLC | Mark Petersen
Idaho does not have alimony. You may qualify for spousal maintenance but spousal maintenance is not guaranteed in Idaho. The court, after reviewing the relevant factors in the Idaho Code (http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title32/T32CH7SECT32-705.htm) would then decide if spousal support is appropriate or not.
Answer Applies to: Idaho
Replied: 4/5/2012
ATTORNEY-AT-LAW & MEDIATOR
ATTORNEY-AT-LAW & MEDIATOR | DAVID CHRISTOPHER HOLCOMB
It depends. In the State of Nebraska, courts evaluate and consider multiple factors for awarding alimony, including, but not strictly limited to:

- how long the parties were married;
- the totality of circumstances of each spouse
- each spouse's marital contribution(s) throughout the marriage
- whether one spouse had their advanced or specialized education or career interrupted


Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 3/30/2012
Milek Law Firm
Milek Law Firm | Mary Elizabeth Milek
One of the hardest questions to answer with a new client is "will I get alimony?" I can?t answer that with a yes or no. I can give percentages based on the financial information provided and knowledge of the judges in my practice area, but it?s still hard to say with any great deal of accuracy. Alimony is not as common as it once was and the Chancellors have wide discretion. I know one that will not consider it for a marriage of less than twenty years. Another I know might give it after a trial, but will not grant temporary alimony. Many Chancellors will only award it to prevent destitution, but only if the other party can afford to pay it. It really boils down to the financial condition of both parties.
Answer Applies to: Mississippi
Replied: 3/29/2012
Michael S. Edwards, Attorney at Law, PLLC | Mike Edwards
Alimony isn't the kind of thing that you either qualify for, or don't qualify for. Rather, it is based upon an analysis of your financial need for alimony, and your husband's ability to meet that need. You need to consult with a good attorney, to analyze these issues, given your circumstances. Good luck!
Answer Applies to: Utah
Replied: 3/29/2012
Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
There are two gate-keeping qualifiers in Texas for spousal support (we never used the word "alimony"). You just either be married at least 10 years or be the victim of spousal abuse; and you must not get enough assets from the marriage to meet your reasonable minimum needs. Please note, spousal support is jealously guarded in Texas and even if you get it, it is limited.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 3/27/2012
    Michael E. Stowell, Attorney at Law | Michael E. Stowell
    In Washington State payments for the support of a spouse after a divorce are called maintenance, not alimony. The monthly amount and the length of the term of payment of maintenance are ordered based on several factors: 1. Need of the requesting party; 2. Ability of the other party to pay; 3. Length of the marriage; 4. The time needed for education/retraining for employment of the receiving spouse; 5. Age and Physical/Emotional health of recipient; 6. Standard of living established during the marriage. Depending on those factors a 14 year marriage may qualify you to receive maintenance.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 3/27/2012
    Salladay Law Office | Lance Salladay
    That does not qualify you "automatically". It may be one of several considerations the court takes into account in considering whether to award spousal support, but there are a number of factors that must be considered. An attorney can assist in determining whether spousal support is likely.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 3/27/2012
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner | Roianne Houlton Conner
    If you have been a housewife for the entire 14 years and have no skills in which to return to the workforce, then you would qualify for at least rehabilitative alimony, maybe not periodic alimony.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 3/27/2012
    Law Office of Lynda H. LeBlanc
    Law Office of Lynda H. LeBlanc | Lynda Leblanc
    Indiana does not have alimony. In Indiana there are three types of spousal maintenance that are provided for under the statutes. 1. Rehabilitative Maintenance - this is for a maximum of three years and is to help the non-working spouse to re-enter the workforce. If you are seeking rehabilitative maintenance, then you should have a plan as to how you are going to re-enter the workforce, what training you will need and the cost of the training. 2. Maintenance for a disabled spouse - this can be permanent, but is also modifiable. The spouse requesting maintenance has to be unable to work and/or earn income due to a physical or mental disability. The court then looks at the length of the marriage, the funds available to the disabled spouse, the financial needs of the disabled spouse and the ability of the other spouse to pay. 3. Maintenance for caring for a disabled child - The child's disability must be so severe that one parent is unable to work because of his/her duties in caring for the child. The court then looks to the financial needs of the disabled child and parent caregiver and the other parent's ability to pay. However, while the divorce is pending you may be entitled to provisional maintenance. During the provisional period, the court looks to the status quo during the marriage and wants to make sure all bills are being paid. However, with current economic times and the parties now having to support two households, you should not count on everything being paid by your Husband.
    Answer Applies to: Indiana
    Replied: 3/27/2012
    Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
    Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
    You may, but it depends on a lot of factors - see Family Code Section 4320 for Permanent Spousal Support factors that the Court will consider. If your spouse's income is significantly greater than yours, you will likely be a good candidate for Spousal Support. In a 14-year marriage, if you qualify for Spousal Support, the term will be until your remarriage or either spouse's death.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/27/2012
    McIlveen Family Law Firm
    McIlveen Family Law Firm | Angela McIlveen
    In NC, alimony is based on a number of factors. The first question that needs answering is whether a person is a dependent spouse. A dependent spouse is someone who either doesn't work or makes significantly less than their spouse and they rely on their spouse for their support. The second question that is important is how much does the dependent spouse need to live once he/she moves out and can the person get a job. There are a lot of factors involved in determining alimony. I suggest you contact an attorney about the particular facts of your case.
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina
    Replied: 3/27/2012
    Dungan, Lady, Kirkpatrick & Dungan PLLC | Michael Dungan
    Maybe, probably, there are many factors to consider other than length of marriage, such as need, ability to pay, and ratio of income to each other.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/27/2012
    The Law Offices of Dave Hawkins
    The Law Offices of Dave Hawkins | Dave Hawkins
    There are no qualifications for an award of maintenance. The decision as to whether maintenance is appropriate in an individual case is based on the need of the person requesting maintenance and the ability of the potential payer to pay.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 3/27/2012
    Grace Law Offices of John F Geraghty Jr.
    Grace Law Offices of John F Geraghty Jr. | John F. Geraghty, Jr.
    It depends on you ability to work.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 7/2/2013
    Dorothy Spinelli, PC | Dorothy Spinelli
    Typically, alimony is awarded to housewives, but usually with children for a third of the time of the marriage, in this case maybe 5 years. But it depends on your ability to earn an income. Once an income reaches $40,000ish, the courts are less incline to award alimony. This is in general terms. There is no black and white law on alimony. Its up to the Judge if the other spouse does not agree.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/27/2012
    Fox Law Firm LLC
    Fox Law Firm LLC | Tina Fox
    If you were a housewife for the 14 years that you were married, then yes, you qualify for alimony, now known as maintenance. If you were or are employed, you may still qualify, but there are certain questions that would need to be answered.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Ezim Law Firm | Dean Esposito
    In order to receive spousal support (alimony), you must that you are in need of it (your bills exceed your income) and your husband has the ability to pay (his income exceeds his expenses).
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    HADJIAN LAW P.C. | ZARI HADJIAN
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A.
    Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A. | Joanna Mitchell
    Length of marriage is only one consideration. Need and ability to pay are the main considerations. You should consult with an attorney before agreeing to anything or making any decisions.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Law Offices of Frances Headley | Frances Headley
    Temporary support is available to all spouses who need help transitioning to a new life and working situation after dissolution. This typically lasts until the case is concluded. Further, permanent support is available to spouses coming from long term marriages. Long term marriage being defined as 10 years or more. How long that lasts depends upon the facts of each case.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller | Jody A. Miller
    Alimony is not based solely on the number of years you were married. It is based on the need of the person asking and the ability of the other person to pay. The judge looks at not only length of marriage, but health issues, relative incomes, past work experience, age, etc. It is a very fact specific issue not based on one variable. You need to discuss your specific situation with an attorney to discuss the possibilities regarding alimony.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Quitmeier Law Firm, P.C.
    Quitmeier Law Firm, P.C. | William M. Quitmeier
    In all likelihood you will be able to receive alimony (now called maintenance). bill
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Law Office of Gregory Crain | Gregory Crain
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Dunnings Law Firm
    Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
    You are in a good position to raise that issue, there are other factors to determine if you should get it, how much, how long and whether your husband can afford to pay
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    H. Scott Basham, Attorney at Law, P.C. | H. Scott Basham
    Possibly. The decision whether to award alimony is in the discretion of the judge, or the jury if either party demands a jury trial.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Elizabeth Jones, A Professional Corporation
    Elizabeth Jones, A Professional Corporation | Elizabeth Jones
    Spousal Support is based upon need, ability to pay, health of the parties and other factors. If you have been a stay home mom, you will probably get spousal support for a while.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock
    Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock | Arlene D. Kock
    Yes, you may.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Phillip A. Arieff Attorney at Law | Phillip A. Arieff
    Factors in the statute which determine if maintenance(the modern name for alimony) include length of marriage(over 10 yr marriage and the argument for maintenance is stronger), earning potential at time of divorce, standard of living enjoyed during marriage, and efforts at self sufficiency made by former housewife after separation. You will not be penalized for being a hoiusewife during the marriage, but courts often expect former housewives to seek employment or prove why(i.e. disability) they cannot.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Law Offices of Louis M. Leibowitz, LLC
    Law Offices of Louis M. Leibowitz, LLC | Louis Leibowitz
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    The Zwiebel Law Firm, LLC
    The Zwiebel Law Firm, LLC | Elizabeth Zwiebel
    In Alabama alimony may be considered for a long term marriage. A long term marriage is one that is over 10 years in duration.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Beresford Booth PLLC
    Beresford Booth PLLC | S. Scott Burkhalter
    Alimony or spousal maintenance as it is called in Washington State, is governed by several factors, as set forth in RCW 26.09.09, as follows: (a) The financial resources of the party seeking maintenance, including separate or community property apportioned to him or her, and his or her ability to meet his or her needs independently, including the extent to which a provision for support of a child living with the party includes a sum for that party; (b) The time necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking maintenance to find employment appropriate to his or her skill, interests, style of life, and other attendant circumstances; (c) The standard of living established during the marriage or domestic partnership; (d) The duration of the marriage or domestic partnership; (e) The age, physical and emotional condition, and financial obligations of the spouse or domestic partner seeking maintenance; and (f) The ability of the spouse or domestic partner from whom maintenance is sought to meet his or her needs and financial obligations while meeting those of the spouse or domestic partner seeking maintenance.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Hynum Law Office, LLC
    Hynum Law Office, LLC | G. Wayne Hynum
    Maybe. There are several factors the Court will look at to determine if you are entitled to alimony. The earning powers of both you and your husband will be considered, the lifestyle that you were accustomed to during the marriage and your ability or lack of ability to maintain that lifestyle without alimony. The relative fault of the parties is also considered. Rehabilitative alimony, may be ordered to help you obtain the education or job skills necessary to maintain your lifestyle. If the Court does award alimony it can be either lump sum alimony, which is a specific amount regardless of whether it is paid in a lump sum or over a period of time, or it can be periodic alimony, which is usually a certain amount per month indefinitely. If you re-marry or cohabitate with another man however you will lose the periodic alimony, but that does not cause you to lose lump sum alimony.
    Answer Applies to: Mississippi
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Law Offices of Marshall R. Hoekel, LLC | Marshall Hoekel
    It is likely you would receive maintenance in a divorce based upon the information provided.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Glenn E. Tanner
    Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
    Maybe.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Tennison & Soberon-Llort, PL | Christina Soberon-Llort
    You could, depending on various factors such as your spouse's ability to pay alimony, your ability to go into the workforce, what your roles/expectations were during the marriage in terms of employment, etc.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Walnut Creek Family Law Center, Inc. | Merritt L. Weisinger
    3-26-12 Most likely. There is definitely jurisdiction over this issue as it is a long term marriage in California. That has consequences meaning that jurisdiction is ongoing. If he is working you can collect spousal support. You too however may have an obligation to become employed and to contribute to your own upkeep. Temporary support is determined on a computer program. Permanent, ie. long term support is determined by specific statutory guidelines. You need to have pending litigation to have a court order support.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Law Office of Cassandra Savoy
    Law Office of Cassandra Savoy | Cassandra Savoy
    Generally, the right the alimony inures after ten years of marriage.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn | Paul Zahn
    The length of your marrige is only one factor to consider when the court makes orders for spousal support. The relative earnings of the parties is usually the most important consideration when making an order for temporary support.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Attorney & Counselor at Law
    Attorney & Counselor at Law | John Hugger
    There exist six factors that the Court considers in setting maintenance; one being the length of the marriage. I believe that if you have disparate incomes that you would get maintenance.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    The Law Offices of Mandy J. McKellar
    The Law Offices of Mandy J. McKellar | Mandy J. McKellar
    Depends on the financial circumstances of the parties. Alimony in Nevada is based on the financial need and the ability to pay the other party. Most of the time the court will typically set it for half the length of the marriage, barring any kind of financial misconduct.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    T.K. Byrne | Timothy K. Byrne
    The determining factor is not the length of the marriage in Mississippi.
    Answer Applies to: Mississippi
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    The Law Firm of Hayley A Silverberg, PLLC | Hayley Silverberg
    That depends. The court will consider several factors when considering whether to award either party spousal support. The length of the marriage is only one of the factors.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    There are a whole series of factors and indicia as to whether or not a spouse qualifies for alimony. A include income disparity, length of the marriage, health issues, levels of education and others. Therefore it is impossible to answer your question as to whether or not may or may not qualify for spousal support, which is the current term for was called alimony based solely upon 14 years of marriage. I would suggest that you counsel with an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Pingelton Law Firm | Dan Pingelton
    It depends on several factors.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 7/2/2013
    Peyton and Associates | Barbara Peyton
    Yes. Spousal support is based on the length of the marriage, both parties' ability to work, income of both parties and several other factors. You will need copies of the last two years tax returns to prove your spouse's ability to pay support.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
    There are no set rules for alimony in Colorado. You obviously are justified in asking for support if you are not currently capable of meeting all your reasonable needs. Without any other information about your fact situation an opinion of your success isn't possible because the judicial ruling, if you and your spouse cannot agree, will involve a balancing of your needs against your husband's ability to pay. That decision will probably involve more a question of how much and for how long should you receive financial support.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Steven Harrell, Attorney at Law | Waymon Steven Harrell
    More likely than not, if your husband earns sufficient income to pay you alimony.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    SHC Law | Shumsha Hanif-Cruz
    Without knowing more facts about your case, generally a person married for over 10 years is entitled to an order for permanent spousal support. So to answer you question simply, yes, you should be entitled to alimony (spousal support) after 14 years of marriage.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/2/2013
    Diefer Law Group, P.C.
    Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Michael Apicella
    Michael Apicella | Apicella Law and Mediation
    In California, "alimony" is called "spousal support." There are two types of spousal support: (1) Temporary spousal support, which, based on the limited facts in your question, are likely entitled to such support. Temporary spousal support lasts until the divorce is final, however long the divorce process may take. (2) The other type of spousal support is called: "long term" spousal support. Again, given the limited facts you stated, it seems likely that you are also entitled to long term support. Typically, long term support lasts for half the length of the marriage at a minimum. If the marriage was over 10 years, then depending on your age, education, marketable skills, etc., you may be entitled to long term support until death or remarriage. You should go online and look up CA Family Code section 4320, which sets forth the factors a court will consider to determine whether long term support should be paid, how much, and for how long. Also, it would be wise to call a local family law lawyer to learn more about your rights, and how to best proceed with your divorce.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Gregory C. Graf
    Gregory C. Graf | Gregory C. Graf
    If you were a housewife for 14 years, you will most certainly qualify to receive maintenance. There are a number of factors that go into the determination but it is safe to say you will receive maintenance for some period of time.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Wolverine Law | Stuart Collis
    The answer is an unqualified maybe. Spousal support is designed to put a lower income earning spouse in a position they would have been had the marriage continued. However, it is not indefinite. It is meant only for enough time to get the lower paying spouse to start earning her own independent income and adjust to life after divorce.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Smith, Gildea & Schmidt | Michael Gene DeHaven
    There is no amount of time that automatically "qualifies" you for alimony. However, the "duration of the marriage" is one of 12 factors that a Judge must consider in determining whether to award alimony. You should contact an attorney to discuss the evidence and the factors that would be considered if you want to pursue a divorce and request alimony.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Kiske Law Office, LLC | Anne Kiske
    In Missouri, the test for alimony is complicated and very much based on the facts of each case. To paraphrase and simply the test it is: whether or not the spouse who is requesting alimony is able to meet his/her reasonable needs with his/her expected income and the assets set aside to him/her in the dissolution, and if not, then whether the spouse who is paying is able to meet his/her reasonable needs and provide for the needs of the other spouse. Other considerations include, but are not limited to: whether there was spousal abuse; whether there is a medical condition of either spouse; whether there are young children in the home, etc.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Ipson Law Firm, PLLC
    Ipson Law Firm, PLLC | Michael Ipson
    It is possible you do. The courts are going to look at a number of factors including an individuals ability pay, receiving spouse's ability to earn, the length of the marriage, ect. You would need to provide more facts or consult with an attorney for a more complete analysis of a potential alimony award.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    Law Office of Jennifer L. Marshall, LLC.
    Law Office of Jennifer L. Marshall, LLC. | Jennifer L. Marshall, Esq.
    The short answer is that it depends. There are many factors that come into play concerning alimony. Just the age of your marriage gives me pause to think alimony applies, especially if you were a housewife for 14 years and did not work. Alimony is to help you maintain the lifestyle you have lived for the past 14 years. Of course you may never achieve that but you can get close.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 3/26/2012
    The Davies Law Firm, P.A.
    The Davies Law Firm, P.A. | Robert F. Davies, Esq.
    Yes, you do.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    DEAN T. JENNINGS, P.C.
    DEAN T. JENNINGS, P.C. | Dean T Jennings
    Yes, some, probably not lifetime. It is not called spousal support and is based on the difference in your earnings and capacity to earn and education and that of your spouse. For example, if your spouse is a high earner, higher education than you, and you need to go back to school or retrain for a job/career, you should get a few years of spousal support to get you started toward supporting yourself.
    Answer Applies to: Iowa
    Replied: 3/26/2012
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