When the judge needs to calculate the rate of alimony payments, he or she considers the length of the marriage, as well as how likely it is that the spouse receiving the payments will be able to become self-supporting.
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Another circumstance where spousal support may be terminated is where the recipient does not make a good faith effort to become self-supporting within a reasonable length of time.
Before doing so, the judge will consider the proposed recipient's capacity to earn a living and how long it will take for him or her to become self-supporting.
A person going through a divorce may be limited in his or her employment prospects due to emotional issues and may need more time to become self-supporting.