Temporary Alimony Law and Legal Definition

Temporary alimony refers to an allowance granted to a divorced person by a former spouse. Alimony may also be granted without a divorce, as between legally separated persons. This is given as a means of livelihood and maintenance under the direction of a court order.

For example, state statute (Alabama) provides for temporary allowances for support of spouses during prosecution of complaint.

Code of Ala. § 30-2-50, states that pending an action for divorce, the court may make an allowance for the support of either spouse out of the estate of the other spouse, suitable to the spouse's estate and the condition in life of the parties, for a period of time not longer than necessary for the prosecution of the complaint for divorce.