Average Alimony Statistic  

It is very difficult to gather average alimony statistics in the US because the census figure does not include this. Many surveys have revealed that the figures have increased considerably from early 1990s. Few surveys done since then say that roughly 450,000 people get payments in the form of alimony in the US.

Alimony, which is often termed as spousal support, has increased by over fifty-five percent in the 10 year period from 1986 to 1996, and accordingly the number of people making the alimony payments has increased by more than forty-seven percent during this period.

Surprisingly, the number of divorces have declined in the year 2000 and ahead. In 2000, the rate of divorce was 4.2 per 1,000/population as compared to 1990 where it hit 4.7 per 1,000/population. In the year 2005, this figure further went down to 3.6 per 1,000/ population. The average statistics says that one in three marriages ends before thirtieth wedding anniversary and out of this one receives alimony payments.

Earlier a spouse used to receive spousal support until she married again or died but in the present scenario the alimony payments are decided on number of factors, consequently a marriage which breaks after a long spell of time is often considered worthy for alimony payments than short lived marriages.

The person who gets the alimony is required to show it as income and the payer has the right to deduct it from total income while filing the tax. In most of divorce cases, a judge directs that alimony payments should be made until the receiver acquires education or training to become self supporting in a stipulated time period. At times, judge also awards permanent alimony if the spouse is unable to become self supporting due to age or disability.

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