Alimony meaning

ălə-mōnē
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The definition of alimony is money paid to either a husband or wife after a divorce by court order in order to allow the recipient to maintain the lifestyle they had during the marriage.

An example of alimony is when a couple divorces and the court orders the ex- husband to send a check to his ex-wife each month.

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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.
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A means of livelihood; maintenance.
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Supply of the means of living; maintenance.
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An allowance that a court orders paid to a person by that person's spouse or former spouse after a legal separation or divorce or while legal action on this is pending.
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Money paid after divorce to former spouse for support, usually for a specified period of time, by court order or written agreement. If paid during pendency of the divorce proceedings, referred to as alimony pendente lite. See pendente lite.
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(law) A court-enforced allowance made to a former spouse by a divorced or legally separated person.
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Origin of alimony

  • Latin alimōnia sustenance from alere to nourish al-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Known since 1655, from Latin alimonia (“food, support, nourishment, sustenance”) (English aliment, as in alimentary), itself from alere (“to nourish”) + -monia (“action, state, condition”).

    From Wiktionary