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Definition of Alimony

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allowance paid to a former spouse (often by legal agreement)
Alimony Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
Maintenance; means of living.
  
(n.)
An allowance made to a wife out of her husband's estate or income for her support, upon her divorce or legal separation from him, or during a suit for the same.
  
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alimony
\al"i*mo*ny\ (&?;), n. [l. alimonia, alimonium, nourishment, sustenance, fr. alere to nourish.]
1. maintenance; means of living.
2. (law) an allowance made to a wife out of her husband's estate or income for her support, upon her divorce or legal separation from him, or during a suit for the same. burrill.

Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
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WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated
(synonym) maintenance
(hypernym) support payment
Alimony Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Alimony (also called aliment (Scotland), maintenance (England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Canada), spousal support (U.S., Canada) and spousal maintenance (Australia)) is a legal obligation on a person to provide financial support to his or her spouse before or after marital separation or divorce. The obligation arises from the divorce law or family law of each country. Traditionally, alimony was paid by a husband to his former wife, but since the 1970s there have been moves in many Western countries towards gender equality with a corresponding recognition that a former husband may also be entitled to alimony from his former wife.

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Alimony Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
Also called maintenance or spousal support. In a divorce or separation, the money paid by one spouse to the other in order to fulfill the financial obligation that comes with marriage. This amount is usually set by a judge with some jurisdictions having statutory formula to follow and others not.

An amount given to one spouse to another while they are separated. Historically, the word "alimony" refers to monies paid to while spouses are separated. Where they are divorced, the monies payable are technically referred to as 'maintenance'.

The maintenance or support which a husband is bound to give to his wife upon separation from her; or the support which either father or mother is bound to give to his or her children, though this is more usually called maintenance.

The causes for granting alimony to the wife are desertion, or cruelty of the husband and divorce.

In Louisiana by alimony is meant the nourishment, lodging and support of the person who claims it. It includes education when the person to whom alimony is due is a minor.

Alimony is granted in proportion to the wants of the person requiring it, and the circumstances of those who are to pay it. By the common law, parents and children owe each other alimony.

Alimony is allowed to the wife, pendente lite, almost as a matter of course whether she be plaintiff or defendant, for the obvious reason that she has generally no other means of living. But there are special cases where it will not be allowed, as when the wife, pending the progress of the suit, went to her father's, who agreed with the husband to support her for services.
   

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Duhaime.org Legal Dictionary
An amount given to one spouse to another while they are separated. - (read more on Alimony)
  
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Divorcesource.com Dictionary
financial support paid to one spouse from the other. May be paid in one lump sum or in installments. It can be temporary or permanent. (see spousal support section)
TAO OF DIVORCE A - Z
Court-ordered spousal support, usually periodic payments, but sometimes paid in a lump sum as part of a marital agreement (alimony "buyout"). More modern terms include "maintenance" and "spousal support." Payments are tax deductible to the payor and includable in the payee’s taxable income. Similarly situated parties are treated dissimilarly when the only difference is gender. Most courts are sympathetic to women, especially in long-term marriages or when the husband has a high income or greater resources. In their zeal to protect women, some courts favor wives despite their economic equality.
See Rehabilitative Alimony and Temporary Support.
Massachusetts Divorce Law Dictionary
Spousal support sometimes paid by agreement of the parties or by court order. The payments are usually periodic payments, but sometimes in a lump. In the absence of a separation agreement, courts must consider the same statutory factors as required in property divisions (See Equitable Division of Property).
Canadian Insolvency Dictionary
An amount given to one spouse by another while they are separated or divorced.