A court can award spousal support based upon consideration of the factors mandated by statute which includes the length of the marriage, the relative financial circumstances of the parties, employment history and ability to work or gain and maintain employment, the age of the parties, etc.. Adultery is not a factor to be considered. On the bare facts presented, even not knowing your income and employment history you would probably be entitled to spousal support in some form and with a long duration given the length of the marriage.
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Spousal support is a strong possibility, however, I assume that he is close to retirement and his income may be reduced in the near future. I strongly recommend that you consult with an attorney in your area to discuss your specific options. Only after a review and discussion of the specific facts in your case can you determine the best course for you to follow. I believe that you should be able to meet with an attorney who will work out payment arrangements with you. Don't be afraid to obtain the legal counsel you need.
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Both prior answers are correct and good advice. First impression is that you are a good candidate for spousal support. You need to retain a divorce attorney in your area to review with you the facts in your case and the fourteen factors under the statute governing spousal support.
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