The purpose of Alimony in Alabama is to preserve, as much as is possible, the economic living condition of the parties as they existed during the marriage. There is a duty to maintain the status of their ex-spouse until such time as the spouse is self-supporting or maintaining a similar status to the one enjoyed before the separation.

The two most important factors to be considered in determining alimony payments are:

  1. The need of the spouse receiving alimony.
  2. The ability to pay by the spouse paying alimony.

However, there is a laundry list of factors that courts do take into consideration:

  • Standard of living during the marriage
  • Age and gender of each party
  • Length of the Marriage
  • Bad conduct by a party that caused the divorce(adultery)
  • Health of each party
  • Potential for maintaining their standard of living without spouse

Alimony can result from long and short term marriages as well.