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To answer directly, child support is a factor when calculating alimony. Typically alimony is about 15% to 30% of the difference in income, and if income differential becomes smaller due to child support, then so would alimony. In that situation you can argue that the courts look to 50k as the alimony figure as otherwise you would be paying far more due to an imbalance in required payments as it is. The worst case scenario is lifetime, but generally you are looking at 50% to 75% of the length of the marriage as your alimony obligation.