Alimony can take several forms: permanent, temporary, rehabilitative, bridge-the-gap, and lump sum.

Many factors are considered in determining the award and amount of alimony, including: the standard of living established during the marriage; the duration (length) of the marriage; the age and the physical and emotional condition of each party; the financial resources of each party; the non-marital and the marital assets and liabilities distributed to each.

Also to be considered, is the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable such party to find appropriate employment; the contribution of each party to the marriage, including, but not limited to, services rendered in homemaking, child care, education and career building of the other party; all sources of income available to either party; and the court may consider any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the parties.

The fundamental issues are the need of one spouse for support and the ability of the other spouse to pay such support.