Alimony, called spousal support, can only be granted by Court Order. Such a Court Order is a result of either the Judge deciding to award it based on the evidence produced at trial or the parties agreement.
Courts look toward the factors mentioned in RSMo 452.335 to determine whether and how much support should be awarded. Here is a link to that statute: (http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/C400-499/4520000335.HTM).
I would talk to your attorney, they will be able to discuss how your particular situation would likely play out and help you put together a settlement offer with terms that you find acceptable. If you do not have an attorney, I strongly suggest you find an attorney with family law experience to guide you through your divorce.
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C. Curran Coulter II, J.D.
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