How does the Court determine alimony? Alimony is an award from one party for the support of the other when the parties are living separate. An award of alimony is made when appropriate in accordance with the needs of the party claiming a right to alimony and the other spouse’s ability to pay. Adultery and desertion may be asserted as a defense to the payment of alimony. In determining the amount of alimony, the court considers:
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