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When couples divorce one of the spouses may be entitled to receive spousal support or alimony from the other. Typically the longer the marriage, the bigger the earning discrepancy between the spouses, the greater the disparity assets and the bigger the difference in standard of living for one spouse during the marriage as opposed to after, the more alimony money that might be ordered. However, every case is different. Of course, the couple can simply agree to an alimony arrangement. If the payer spouse doesn’t pay his or her alimony obligations, the recipient spouse can certainly go back to court to force payment. In many cases though, alimony is only awarded on a temporary basis until the recipient spouse can or should become self-supporting. every case is different however and a court may award alimony in line with your particular circumstances as opposed to any hard and fast rules of law.