Hello. Thanks for contacting us.
I am so sorry that the marriage is dissolving -- I know what a difficult time this must be emotionally, and it is good that you are trying to think things through with information. While it won't help the emotional pain, it will certainly help keep things tidy down the road.
Alimony, these days, is known as "spousal support
," in most courts. The reason is that the law recognizes that people contribute different things to a marriage and when marriages fall apart, there is an attempt to be fair to everyone.
While its never a sure bet, in cases where both partners are employed and self-supporting, there is less chance for a spousal support order. If one partner makes a lot more than the other, its possible there may be a payment ordered to maintain a certain standard of living. Or if one partner supported the other through school or while a business was built, that might also militate for payments.
But these are all specific to a case -- and its impossible in a public forum like this to analyze your specific facts. You'd need to discuss that with your own lawyer confidentially -- protected by the attorney client privilege (which, because this is a publicly accessible legal information web site, is not possible here).
Here are some good resources to help do your own analysis -- and will help you work more efficiently with your own lawyer, if you decide to hire one:
I wish you all the best as you navigate through this difficult period.