Since 1980 the law in Maryland has favored rehabilitative alimony over indefinite alimony. Rehabilitative alimony is for a fixed period. Indefinite alimony is until one of the parties dies or the party receiving alimony remarries.
The purpose of alimony is to make a person self-sufficient and not to award a life- time pension. Nevertheless, the legislature has recognized two exceptions where indefinite alimony might be appropriate.
The first is where the dependent spouse cannot become self-sufficient due to age, illness, infirmity, or disability.
The second is where there will be an unconscionable disparity in the standard of living of the parties after the divorce.
Section 11-106(c) of the Family Law Article, Maryland Code.