Alimony is spousal support paid by one spouse to the other either as temporary support during the pendency of the divorce or post-divorce. The Court may award alimony in a variety of forms, including a lump-sum payment, periodic payments, and in some limited circumstances permanent payments. Alimony may also be awarded either for a set period of time or until the recipient’s death or remarriage. There are several factors a Court may consider in awarding alimony including the recipient’s education, health, earning capacity, and the standard of living established during the marriage. The Court may also consider misconduct by the parties, such as adultery or drug addiction, when considering whether to award alimony if the misconduct is the cause of the break-up of the marriage. Alimony is no longer taxable to the recipient or deductible by the payor.