Spousal support (also called spousal maintenance or alimony) is money an ex-spouse may be required to pay the other spouse after they get divorced. When a spouse sues for separation or divorce, a judge will determine if a request for spousal maintenance is warranted. When spousal maintenance is ordered by the court, it is usually for a limited time. You may be able to get maintenance if you really need it and your ex-spouse can afford to pay it.
If you are in the middle of a divorce or still living together, you may be able to get temporary spousal maintenance while the case is going on. A law was passed in 2010 that provides a formula for judges to apply and factors for judges to consider in calculating temporary spousal maintenance.