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How alimony is calculated can vary depending on where you are living. If the marriage is short term, it's very likely that no alimony at all will be ordered, or at best, ***** ***** may order you to pay something short term, such as temporary/rehabilitative alimony - something to allow your former spouse time to get back on their feet, go back to school perhaps, get settled in a new home, that sort of thing. Typically however, at least in the United States, a marriage must last at least 10 years before a court will even consider the issue of spousal support/maintenance.
As a general rule, to decide whether spousal support is appropriate, the judge will look at the needs of the spouse asking for support and whether the other spouse has the financial ability to provide financial help. For example, if her income is lower than yours but she is able to support herself, she may not be entitled to alimony. The court will also look at other factors when making a decision about support:
- the length of the marriage
- each spouse’s age and health status
- each spouse’s present and future earning capacity
- the need of one spouse to incur education or training expenses
- whether the spouse seeking maintenance is able to become self-supporting
- whether caring for children inhibited one spouse’s earning capacity
- equitable distribution of marital property, and
- the contributions that one spouse has made as a homemaker in order to help enhance the other spouse’s earning capacity.
Where you live will determine where you would file for divorce, correct, it's not based on where you marry. So if you are living in Australia when and if you decide to get divorced (and hopefully that never comes to pass) the laws in Australia would apply.
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