There is no straightforward equation that you can plug your divorce into to determine if one spouse will receive alimony after the marriage has ended. Whether spousal support is awarded is determined on a case-by-case basis, as is the amount. During mediation, the couple should look at whether they will both be able to support themselves based off their property award. If one spouse has not worked during the marriage, it is likely that they will be awarded financial support. If a spouse is over 60, support is also likely, if only until retirement accounts are accessed.
This is not legal advice, but will give you a better idea of what spousal support determination to expect in your divorce process. The standard of living during the marriage is the likely starting point in this decision. The court will also consider whether your or your former spouse have other individuals to support. Factors like the health, needs and age of both spouses is also examined and also if one spouse can afford to pay spousal support to the other.
There are a variety of ways in which alimony can be paid. One spouse may end up with a legal obligation to make periodic monthly or yearly payments to the other. This obligation can just be temporary or it might be a permanent income the other spouse receives. Spousal support modification can be requested by either party. The court will only consider a change when there is new information to consider. A lump-sum payment is when the spousal support is paid all at once, and could be ordered by the court.
Failure to pay alimony has serious consequences and can result in jail time in some circumstances. Courts are becoming more sympathetic to changing circumstances regarding ongoing spousal maintenance. Increasingly they will consider an alimony modification if the income of spouses changes drastically. Mediation and communication can help you and your former spouse to decide if, and how much, spousal support is appropriate for you.