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n. The financial support which a husband is bound to give to his wife after divorcing her; though used in loose terms for the support which parents are bound to give to their children, but in this case the financial support is called maintenance rather than alimony. Though awarding an alimony to parting wife is conditional, the causes being desertion by the husband or cruelty of the husband. Alimony is granted considering the needs of living of the person requiring it, and also the circumstances of those who are to pay it. If the separating spouse has sufficient means of livelihood or support from others, say parents or earning childen, alimony might not be granted. Number of years of successful marriage are also one of the factors in deciding the alimony, which could range anywhere from support for a simple living to a share in the property.

 
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