Alimony or Spousal Support is a part of many divorce cases in which the rules are vague and the judge has a wide degree of discretion.  As a general rule, spousal support is available without regard to how long the parties have been married: in some cases, it may be awarded for a marriage of only a few years; in others, it may be denied for a marriage of several decades.  There is no formula that determines spousal support, like there is with child support.  Rather, the law requires a court to consider a long list of factors in deciding whether, how much and for how long there should be an award of spousal support.  If you are seeking an award of spousal support—or defending against one—a lawyer with extensive experience in this area will help you to understand what a court is likely to do.