Meaning of ALIMONY in English
An amount given to one spouse to another while they are separated. Historically, the word "alimony" referred to monies paid while spouses were legally separated but stilled wedlocked . Where they were divorced, the monies payable were then referred to as " maintenance " but this distinction is now in disuse.
Duhaime's Law English dictionary. Английский юридический словарь Duhaime . 2012