The future earning potential of both parties.

If one of the spouses has been a homemaker during the marriage, he might not have any marketable job skills—which would make it more difficult to support himself financially.

The spouse who has child custody.

If one parent will raise the child, the alimony payment works in conjunction with child support to compensate the responsible parent.

The standard of living during the marriage.

If during the marriage both spouses were accustomed to a certain standard of living, one spouse might be expected to continue to provide finances to keep that standard for the other.

How Long Will a Person Pay Alimony?

In Rhode Island, there is no time limit on alimony payments. These payments are designed to help one spouse become financially independent—which can take a long time if that person has poor health or no marketable job skills. For this reason, judges often award ongoing alimony. However, either party may petition to change the amount of time alimony payments are made, depending on changing financial situations, learned skills, or health complications or improvements.

Do You Need To Speak To A Rhode Island Divorce Attorney?

If you are considering a divorce you need to speak with an experienced Rhode Island divorce attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Warwick office directly at 401.946.3200 to schedule your free consultation. We help divorce clients in Providence, Warwick and all areas of Rhode Island.


Christopher L. Russo
Helping Rhode Island personal injury victims for nearly three decades to get the compensation they deserve.