The Wall Street Journal Law Blog posted about efforts in Massachusetts to limit alimony. Some feel that alimony is outdated and sexist, while others note that alimony can be a lifeline for a spouse who has been out of the workforce while raising children. And certainly, no one LIKES paying alimony.
In Maryland, there are several factors a judge must consider in awarding alimony (or not making an award). These factors tend to unofficially weight towards the economic factors, with less emphasis on fault. Also, some other jurisdictions and associations do have guidelines, which Maryland judges can consider in making alimony determinations. Curious about other state's practices? The American Bar Association has published this chart for comparison.