American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Law An allowance for support made under court order to a divorced person by the former spouse, usually the chief provider during the marriage. Alimony may also be granted without a divorce, as between legally separated persons.
- n. A means of livelihood; maintenance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law: An allowance which a husband or former husband may be forced to pay to his wife or former wife, living legally separate from him, for her maintenance. It is granted or withheld in the discretion of the matrimonial court, with regard to the merits of the case and the resources of the parties respectively. Alimony pendente lite is that given to the wife during the pendency of an action for divorce, separation, or annulment of marriage; permanent alimony is that given to a wife after judgment of divorce, separation, or annulment in her favor.
- n. In Scots law, aliment.
- n. law A court-enforced allowance made to a former spouse by a divorced or legally separated person.
- n. The means to support life.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Maintenance; means of living.
- n. (Law) An allowance made to a wife out of her husband's estate or income for her support, upon her divorce or legal separation from him, or during a suit for the same.
- n. court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated
- Known since 1655, from Latin alimonia ("food, support, nourishment, sustenance") (English aliment, as in alimentary), itself from alere ("to nourish") + -monia ("action, state, condition"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin alimōnia, sustenance, from alere, to nourish; see al-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Cynthia George, attorney for Lorrie Nantz, who had been seeking $1.5 million annually in alimony and child support, had no comment on the ruling.”
“The other thing to bear in mind is that in a long-term marriage of 30, 35 or 40 years, long term alimony often doesn't mean "long term" for the simple reason that people in their mid- to late 50's are often approaching retirement age.”
“Bonder Kerkorian originally sought $320,000 a month in alimony and child support.”
“Feminists advocate for equality and independence for women, then turn around and expect men to support women in alimony, child custody, the alienation of fathers, and a blind eye to female battering.”
“Even in the more common case of short-term alimony, courts are ditching that insulting "" rehab '' term, ordering larger monthly awards and arranging to check in five years to see how wives are doing.”
“In 1982 single white mothers received an average of $1,246 in alimony and child support, black mothers an average of $322.”
“Summing the case up, he said, "Well, my man, I am afraid you will have to pay one-third of your income in alimony to the woman you have left".”
“In that case", said the judge, "you will have to pay the third third of your income in alimony to this woman".”
“The law spells out exactly how long someone must be married to qualify for long-term alimony - and sets up different types of alimony for everyone else.”
“But the new law says long-term alimony cannot be considered for anyone who was married less than 17 years.”
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