Similarly, in 2013, Colorado signed into law alimony (Spousal Maintenance) reform, creating a standardized non-presumptive guideline upon which courts can rely. states are 'no-fault' states, where one does not have to show fault to get divorced.In some states such as New York, educational degrees earned during the marriage may be considered marital property. states where fault is recognized, fault can significantly affect alimony, increasing, reducing or even nullifying it. No-fault divorce spares the spouses the acrimony of the 'fault' processes, and closes the eyes of the court to any and all improper spousal behavior.In 2012, Massachusetts signed into law comprehensive alimony reform.This law sets limits on alimony and eliminates lifetime alimony.This can be modified at any future date based on a change of circumstances by either party on proper notice to the other party and application to the court.
As divorce did not end the marriage, the husband's duty to support his wife remained intact.Where a divorce or dissolution of marriage (civil union) is granted, either party may ask for post-marital alimony.It is not an absolute right, but may be granted, the amount and terms varying with the circumstances.Child support is considered a payment that a parent is making for the support of their offspring, and the parent who pays it pays the taxes.However, alimony is treated as taxable income, in most countries, to the receiving spouse, and, in most cases, deducted from the gross income of the paying spouse (the United States IRS does not allow for child support to be deducted from AGI). state law establishes requirements regarding alimony (and child support) payments, recovery and penalties.When she has brought up her children, a portion of all that is given to the children, equal as that of one son, shall be given to her. The modern concept of alimony is derived from English ecclesiastical courts that awarded alimony in cases of separation and divorce.Alimony pendente lite was given until the divorce decree, based on the husband's duty to support the wife during a marriage that still continued.Alimony to wives was paid because it was assumed that the marriage, and the wife's right to support, would have continued but for the misbehavior of the husband.Ending alimony on divorce would have permitted a guilty husband to profit from his own misconduct.The term alimony comes from the Latin word alimōnia ("nourishment, sustenance", from alere, "to nourish"), from which also alimentary (of, or relating to food, nutrition, or digestion) and the Scots law concept of aliment, and was a rule of sustenance to assure the wife's lodging, food, clothing, and other necessities after divorce.137.If a man wish to separate from a woman who has borne him children, or from his wife who has borne him children: then he shall give that wife her dowry, and a part of the usufruct of field, garden, and property, so that she can rear her children.