Years ago in Georgia and many other states, only women could receive alimony in divorce proceedings. Today, however, with the recognition that the husband is not always the breadwinner of the family, men and women both may be entitled to alimony in a Georgia divorce. Whether a court awards alimony to either spouse in a divorce is totally dependent on the facts of the particular case.
In considering a request for alimony, a court is likely to consider a number of different factors, including the following:
- Whether there is a significant income disparity between the spouses
- Whether one spouse has been out of the workforce for a significant period of time
- The educational level and earning potential of each spouse
- The standard of living that the spouses enjoyed during their marriage, and the ability to maintain that standard of living following the divorce
- Duration of the marriage
- Physical and emotional condition of each spouse
- The financial resources that are available to each party
Just as no request for alimony is the same, the amount of an alimony award also varies widely from case to case. There is no set formula or calculation for determining alimony. The judge will review relevant factors, such as those listed above, and decide first if there is a need for alimony, and if so, determine the appropriate amount and length of alimony to award to a party, if any.
Issues related to spousal support or alimony in the context of a divorce can be very complex, lengthy, and ultimately very expensive to all parties involved. If you are facing a divorce and spousal support becomes an issue, you should consult with an Atlanta divorce attorney who has the experience and knowledge to properly advise you.
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Scott Shaw is founder and principle of Shaw Law Firm LLC, founded in 1995 and dedicated solely to divorce, family law and child custody matters that must be addressed and decided in the state of Georgia. Shaw Law Firm serves the greater Metro Atlanta area, particularly the counties of Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, Cherokee, Forsyth, Paulding, Henry, Fayette, Coweta, Newton, Walton, Bartow and Douglas. Schedule a consultation today at 770-594-8309.