Maintenance (formerly known as Alimony)

Maintenance is the financial support provided by the supporting spouse to the dependent spouse. Post separation, the terms to describe the money the supporting spouse will pay the dependent spouse such as maintenance, temporary maintenance, or permanent maintenance can be decided among the parties or in a court hearing.


In order to qualify for maintenance, the hopeful dependent spouse must show that his or her quality of life is substantially affected by the divorce. It must also be proven that the other spouse makes more money than the spouse requesting maintenance and/or was the primary bread winner that the requesting spouse relied upon for financial support.