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Can we negotiate for permanent alimony?

Yes, permanent alimony still exists. There is nothing stopping a couple from negotiating and agreeing to an award of permanent alimony. Outside of a unique situation, permanent alimony is rarely awarded. Basically, the factors controlling permanent alimony are; the recipient ex-spouse has no realistic chance of employment, and the marriage had endured for a long period of time. Please keep in mind, it is also not uncommon for the paying spouse to take out a life insurance policy or an annuity, naming the receiving spouse as the beneficiary.