Spousal maintenance (also known as alimony) is a payment from one spouse to the other to avoid financial hardship. Either spouse may request maintenance from the other. The spouse who wants maintenance payments must request them before the divorce is final.
When one spouse asks for maintenance payments, the court will look at the income, assets, and reasonable needs of both spouses. If the spouses can’t agree, the court may order maintenance payments to help both spouses be self-supporting.
You can read more about spousal maintenance in this publication from the Vermont Courts.