Alimony and maintenance are the same and are used in different names in different places. So, we cannot say that they are different legal terms. Alimony or maintenance is a financial arrangement between the couples. It is an arrangement by which a partner provides regular financial support to the other. It is an arrangement by which a partner provides regular financial support to the other. This is only available for partners who have been legally married. However, there are three common types of Alimony or maintenance allowance available. They are lump sum alimony or maintenance, temporary alimony or maintenance and permanent alimony or maintenance. The Lump sum maintenance or alimony is a one-time allowance given to the partner. The Temporary alimony or maintenance is given for a certain period until the partner recovers her financial independence. This alimony or maintenance is given for furthering training skills and education. Then the third one the permanent alimony or maintenance is the allowance given for an indefinite period. Maintenance or alimony is generally given if a partner does not have sufficient wealth to meet the reasonable needs or if the partner is not able to support himself or herself and is restrained to be at home or if the partner has little chance of employment. Before the court awards alimony or maintenance, it takes into account various things such as the age, duration of the marriage, the partner’s resources and employment opportunities. Alimony or maintenance allowance is terminated in the death of either of the partners. If a person loses a job or if there is a decrease in the income or if the partner remarries, then the maintenance or alimony allowance gets terminated.