|law See also maintenance (formerly) an allowance paid under a court order by one spouse to another when they are separated but not divorced|
|[C17: from Latin alimōnia sustenance, from alere to nourish]|
in divorce law, compensation owed by one spouse to the other for financial support after divorce. Alimony aims at support of the one spouse, not punishment of the other. In some places, the term means simply a property settlement irrespective of future support. Alimony has traditionally been granted from husbands to wives but has occasionally been granted from wives to husbands.
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