Eligibility for alimony is determined on a case-by-case basis and the court must consider a number of different factors, including:
Do you have the ability to become self-supporting?
How much time is needed for you to complete the education or additional training necessary to be self-supporting?
What standards of living were established during the marriage?
How long was the marriage?
Have you made monetary and non-monetary contributions to the well-being of the family?
Why did the marriage break-up?
How old are you? How old is your spouse?
How is your health (physical and mental)? How is your spouse's health?
Can your spouse afford to pay alimony?
Are there any agreements between you and your spouse?
What are your financial needs and resources? What are your spouse's financial needs and resources?