There are a number of factors that a judge considers when awarding alimony and when alimony can be granted. General alimony can be awarded if there is a need and if there is no child support being paid. If child support is being paid, alimony is only granted if the parties have a combined income in excess of $250,000. General alimony is granted for a period of time determined by the length of the marriage.
In addition to general alimony, there are three other types: rehabilitative alimony, reimbursement alimony and transitional alimony. In addition, men can also receive alimony as the law does not discriminate on the basis of gender. You may also agree on an amount of alimony in order to reduce taxes when child support is awarded.