In a previous generation, it used to be that men almost always paid some kind of financial support to their ex-wives after divorce. Now, things are different. It's more realistic to think that a woman would eventually be able to support herself financially after her marriage ends.
In the past, alimony -- or maintenance, as it is now referred to in Colorado -- was determined on a case-by-case basis. That meant parties going through divorce were never quite sure how maintenance would apply in their cases until it was finally ordered by the judge.