how long do you pay alimony ? - Talk About Marriage
Considering Divorce or Separation If you're considering divorce or separation, this is the place to talk.

User Tag List

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-11-2009, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 53
how long do you pay alimony ?

This probably sounds stupid.... as part of my decision making, i am unsure how long people pay alimony.

My wife has the ability to work (and has made very good $ in the past) but lately her business is way down and she doesn't seem to care. Unfort for me though Domestic Relations just slaps her pay and my pay into the computer and calculated the child support and spousal support very quickly and attached my wages (i have since moved back in, but....)....

married about 16 years. I have a regular 8-5 job and make decent $. She is sort of self employed. How long would I be on the hook for the spousal support / alimony if she wanted to push it?

HELP ME. is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-11-2009, 03:51 PM
Amplexor's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Temporary Resident of Earth Lord Only Knows Where Next
Posts: 5,978
Re: how long do you pay alimony ?

The only thing I’ve heard on this is for one half the number of years you’ve been married. That was from a friend of mine recently in my state. I’m sure it varies from state to state.


Confidence Love Patience Faith Are the tools to help heal a marriage.

"Some of the greatest lessons life has taught me came from my darkest days in it" -Amp
Amplexor is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-11-2009, 06:34 PM
Deejo's Avatar
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 7,474
Re: how long do you pay alimony ?

It generally varies based upon the length of time of the marriage, but alimony or spousal support is not guaranteed in all states either.
Just because she wants it, doesn't mean she gets it.
Deejo is online now  
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-12-2009, 10:26 PM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 388
Re: how long do you pay alimony ?

yrs ago i was told you pay until the other spouse gets remarried or has enough saved that they won't need the alimony. i have no clue if it's true, but i can see paying until the spouse remarries
wonder is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-13-2009, 12:38 AM
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 1,205
Re: how long do you pay alimony ?

Am told recently 36 months max in Texas, regardless of whether she works or not.
Sandy55 is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-13-2009, 12:52 AM
Registered User
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 7
Re: how long do you pay alimony ?

There are alot of factors. The person who make less gets support until she or he gets re married, if you have been married ten yeasr or more. Otherwise it is all up to the judge. They can also have you pay more if she or he wants to go back to school and better thenselves, or if they have medical conditions. I know its hard but that person was your partner for years and you shared a life together you cant leave then high and dry. Good luck
33sillygirl is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on Talk About Marriage, you must first register. Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Important! Your username will be visible to the public next to anything you post and could show up in search engines like Google. If you are concerned about anonymity, PLEASE choose a username that will not be recognizable to anyone you know.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ugh... asking for alimony when he didn't even try! lisa3girls Going Through Divorce or Separation 18 12-03-2011 01:16 PM
Alimony question docc Going Through Divorce or Separation 4 07-18-2011 06:01 AM
child/alimony support Looking4Solution General Relationship Discussion 6 06-17-2011 12:26 AM
How to trust after talks of divorce and alimony. FindingNemo General Relationship Discussion 3 05-17-2011 08:53 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome