In order to make a fair and equitable alimony award, the divorce court judge must look at all the factors necessary, including the following:
(2) the time necessary for the party seeking alimony to gain sufficient education or training to enable that party to find suitable employment.
Employment is not required, however, if a party is already self-supporting. Mrs. Hull was almost 61 years old and her husband was 66 at the time of their divorce. The wife never worked during the marriage and the husband was retired from the CIA. The parties had both inherited funds and when they sold their home, they each had assets of over one million dollars.
The trial judge found that both parties were self-supporting and therefore no alimony was required. The wife appealed and the appeals court affirmed the ruling of the trial court.