Alimony is a payment that a person in a couple gets when that couple separates from each other as ordered by a family court. Alimony is also referred as settlement, spousal support and maintenance. It can be best understood as the monetary support, property, asset etc extended by ex-spouse of the receiver.
The spouse has the legal right to claim alimony after getting divorce. Though not an absolute right, but depending on the financial condition and the circumstances of the spouses, alimony can be granted by the court.