Alimony And Spousal Support In Atlanta

A critical and often-contentious part of many Georgia divorces is spousal support (alimony). In most divorces, given the breakdown of the relationship, there are very few spouses who wish to make any payments to the other spouse. With the increase in the number of families where both spouses work, spousal support has become somewhat less common, as judges are instructed by the statutes to only order spousal support if the court finds it "necessary."

Our attorneys at The Siemon Law Firm can help you with this contentious issue. To schedule a consultation, call 770-888-5120 to make an appointment at our Atlanta office.

You Want An Experienced Attorney For Spousal Support Arguments

Whether you are opposing the granting of spousal support or are the spouse in need of support, it is essential to have an experienced attorney arguing your side. This is because, unlike child support that is governed by strict statutory guidelines, the allowance of spousal support is discretionary with the judge in your case.

Our attorneys have a great deal of experience with this issue. We have practiced in the courts in an around Atlanta and Fulton and DeKalb counties, and we know the types of spousal support that they have awarded. This experience allows use to explain the likely amounts they may award in a case like yours.

What Factors Do Judges Consider For Spousal Support?

Judges will look at a number of statutory factors to determine if spousal support is necessary. Things like the length of the marriage, the standard of living, the physical and mental condition of the spouses, their financial resources, contributions to the marriage, education, earning capacity and the very broad "such other relevant factors as the court deems equitable and proper."

Our attorneys understand the types of evidence needed to make compelling arguments, whether for or against spousal support. The general rule is if the marriage lasted more than 10 years and if one spouse put their career or education on hold to raise and care for the children, he or she is likely to receive some spousal support. On the other hand, if both spouses have successful careers and have worked during the entire length of the marriage, spousal support is unlikely.

Every Case Is Different

Again, why your attorney matters on these issues is that every case is different. While similar cases can suggest the potential range of what is likely to be ordered in your case, details matter. We work to create compelling arguments based on the specific facts of your case to help achieve your goals with these support obligations.

Need To Modify A Spousal Support Order?

Additionally, as time goes by, we can help you reevaluate your spousal support order and work to modify the amount depending on changes in your circumstances after the divorce.

Contact Our Firm

Spousal support is a complex issue. We can help you achieve your goals with this important element of your divorce settlement. To speak to an experienced lawyer at our Atlanta office, please contact us today at 770-888-5120.