After a divorce a couple still remains the obligation to take care of each other. You and your ex partner might have had different incomes, but your household was mutual. For this reason one partner might has to pay the other alimony. Alimony, sometimes called spousal support, is a percentage of the spendable income of the breadwinner in the relationship. The reason for alimony is to make sure one partner doesn't have to suffer from economic distress after the other one leaves him/her. Maybe one of the partners invested more in the mutual household, and therefor had less chances to invest in his/her own work or carriere.
Of course the best is to already look into your arrangements before you get divorced. Make sure you make the right agreement on what will happen when your marriage fails. If there are factors that make on partner be more depending on the other, talk about this. Make sure you both agree on what is right while still being on good therms. But what is a right amount of alimony? And how do you need to calculate this? This is different for everybody.
Unlike the amount of child support, it is hard to determine weightier or not, and if so, for how long, one partners needs to support the other. The amount of alimony depends on a few factors:
-The age and condition of the ex partner
-The amount of support the ex partner needs in order to become self-sufficient
-The duration of the marriage
-The standard of living of the couple
-The ability of the breadwinner to support his/her ex partner
Calculating the amount of alimony one has to pay when there are children involved is less complicated. Raising children takes time and effort. If one partner is taking care of most of the parenting, the other still needs to help out financially. The amount of children's alimony can be calculated by the following variables:
-The age of the children
-Where the children are going to live
-How often the children are going to the other partner
-Net loan of the receiving partner
-Net loan of the ex partner
-Net family income before divorce
The amount of percentage one partner has to pay the other depends on these factor, as well on the inflation and the law system. There are several tools to make a calculation, but its best to do this together with a specialist.
In most cases receiving alimony wont last a lifetime. After a a certain agreed term, or after the children are grown up for example. Termination after the paying partner dies doesn't necessarily has to be a reason for it to end, the alimony can still be payed by his/her life insurance or estate.