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Alimony is money a judge orders one spouse to pay the other when a couple divorces. The money is to help support the spouse who gets it.
Judges do not order alimony in every divorce.
Now there are 4 different kinds of alimony. Each kind has rules about:
If the judge did not order alimony when you divorced, you may be able to go back to court later to ask for alimony. But if you have a divorce agreement, it might say you cannot go to court later. Talk to a lawyer.
Produced by Attorney Jeffrey L. Wolf for MassLegalHelp Created June 2014