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Alimony is a payment from one spouse to another as a result of a settlement agreement or a court order. It follows the end of a relationship. The purpose of alimony is to offset the unfair economic impact caused by a divorce. An example of this is when a stay-at-home parent needs a source of income but has not worked for many years.

FindLaw's Alimony section covers the basics of alimony law. By following the links, you can learn about types of spousal support, eligibility requirements, tax consequences, and more. See also, the link to a printable PDF, "FindLaw's Guide to Spousal Support."

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