Asking for alimony when you make more?

I just found out yesterday that my dad is trying to get alimony from my mom. I am not quite sure what exactly alimony is. From my understanding, when 2 people get a divorce, the one that is unemployed or makes less money can file for alimony, however right now, my dad makes more than my mom. Once they separated he started working a lot more. So my question is, if my understanding of alimony is correct, how exactly can he get alimony from her? Also people who have been through this before, how did you cope with this? All I want to do is help my mom (when she found out she was so scared and mad she was shaking) but I know it's between the 2 of them.
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