Another kind of spouse who may not receive alimony: one who wasn't married that long.
Raso says, "The shorter the marriage, the less likely it is that one spouse became financially dependent on the other."Myth #6: The mother almost always gets custody of the children.
But alimony may not be granted even if the woman wasn't working during the marriage—if she has the skill set and physical ability to find a job that pays as well as her ex's.
A vocational expert, who considers factors like her age and educational background, determines what that salary is likely to be.
A more accurate divorce rate for American marriages ranges from 40% to 50%.