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How Long Can Alimony Be Awarded in Maryland?

In Maryland, alimony is typically awarded for a period of "rehabilitation" until the spouse receiving alimony can be expected to become self-supporting through education, training or work experience.

The Court can award indefinite alimony if it finds that: (1) due to age, illness, infirmity, or disability, the party seeking alimony cannot reasonably be expected to make substantial progress toward becoming self-supporting; or (2) even after the party seeking alimony will have made as much progress toward becoming self-supporting as can reasonably be expected, the respective standards of living of the parties will be unconscionably disparate.

Indefinite alimony may also be awarded in cases where parties have a lengthy marriage and one spouse will always earn substantially more than the other spouse.


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