Many marriages end after one spouse sacrificed their own career to support a spouse’s professional advancement. If one spouse cannot meet their reasonable needs from their employment, or from income-producing property awarded to them, the court will order the breadwinner to pay maintenance (alimony). The amount of maintenance that is awarded depends on a variety of factors, including the length of the marriage, the conduct of the parties during the marriage, and the breadwinner’s ability to support himself while also paying maintenance. Your attorney will help you evaluate whether the facts of your case make it likely that you will receive, or be ordered to pay, maintenance.