alimony
al·i·mo·ny /'a-lə-ˌmō-nē/ n [Latin alimonia sustenance, from alere to nourish]
1: an allowance made to one spouse by the other for support pending or after legal separation or divorce compare child support
alimony in gross: lump sum alimony in this entry
alimony pen·den·te li·te /-pen-'den-tē-'lī-ˌtē, -pen-'den-tā-'lē-tā/: alimony granted pending a suit for divorce or separation that includes a reasonable allowance for the prosecution of the suit – called also temporary alimony;
lump sum alimony: alimony awarded after divorce that is a specific vested amount not subject to change – called also alimony in gross;
per·ma·nent alimony: alimony awarded after divorce which consists of payments at regular intervals that may change in amount or terminate (as upon the payee's remarriage)
tem·po·rary alimony: alimony pendente lite in this entry
2: means of living, support, or maintenance
fathers and mothers owe alimony to their illegitimate childrenLouisiana Civil Code

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

alimony
I noun allotment, allowance, care, dispensation, emolument, grant, income, maintenance, maintenance allowance, pecuniary aid, pecuniary assistance, personal allowance, provision, recompense, remuneration, separate maintenance, separation money, settlement, stipend, subsidization, subsidy, subvention, support, sustenance, sustentation, upkeep associated concepts: alimony award, alimony judgment, alimony penpendente lite, division of property, divorce, necessaries, permanent alimony, separation, support, temporary alimony II index maintenance (support of spouse)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


alimony
n.
An allowance ordered by the court that one spouse pays to the other after a divorce or separation for the support and maintenance of the recipient.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


alimony
in English family law, the payment due to a spouse on separation and a term that is now no longer a technical term. In the USA it is sometimes called spousal support. See aliment, maintenance pending suit. See also child support.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


alimony
The money paid by one ex-spouse to the other for support under the terms of a court order or settlement agreement following a divorce. Except in marriages of long duration (ten years or more) or in the case of an ailing spouse, alimony usually lasts for a set period, with the expectation that the recipient spouse will become self-supporting. Alimony is also called "spousal support" or "maintenance."
Category: Divorce & Family Law → Divorce, Child Support & Custody

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


alimony
n. Money paid after divorce to former spouse for support, usually for a specified period of time, by court order or written agreement. If paid during pendency of the divorce proceedings, referred to as alimony pendente lite.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


alimony
Payment that a family court may order one person in a couple to make to the other person when that couple separates or divorces.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


alimony
Payment that a family court may order one person in a couple to make to the other person when that couple separates or divorces.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

alimony
n.
   support paid by one ex-spouse to the other as ordered by a court in a divorce (dissolution) case. Alimony is also called "spousal support" in California and some other states. Usually it is paid by the male to his ex, but in some cases a wealthy woman may have to pay her husband, or, in same-sex relationships the "breadwinner" may pay to support his/her stay-at-home former partner. Many counties and states have adopted formulas for alimony based on the income of each party. Payment of alimony is usually limited in time based on the number of years of marriage. Lengthy marriages may result in a lifetime of payments. A substantial change in circumstance, such as illness, retirement, or loss of income, can be grounds for the court to grant a modification or termination of the payment. Failure to pay ordered alimony can result in contempt of court citations and even jail time. The level of alimony can be determined by written agreement and submitted to the court for a stipulated order. Income tax-wise, alimony is deductible as an expense for the payer and charged as income to the recipient. Child support is not alimony.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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