In South Carolina, alimony payments (also known as spousal support) are generally required when a divorce causes an economic burden on one spouse. The most common example is a stay-at-home mom or dad. If you stay home to care for children, then you are likely unable to financially support yourself after a divorce and may need time to develop job skills. Another example might be a wealthy individual who marries a non-wealthy individual and neither spouse works. In a divorce, the non-wealthy individual may want to maintain the lifestyle that he or she had in the marriage, and so alimony might be granted.