As we have noted in past select blog posts, the singular nature in which the United States is laid out -- 50 states, each with its own government and state enactments on matters from A to Z -- makes for some interesting and material differences in legal outcomes across state lines.
There are certainly some situations in which individuals in Alpharetta should get alimony: when one spouse makes far more or has a much higher earning potential than the other, alimony may be a helpful tool to make sure the spouse who earns less is not immediately thrown into poverty by his or her divorce. Granted, alimony, which is also known as spousal support, should be awarded with care, as changing how much is owed in spousal support can be quite difficult.
We have noted in prior select posts that Georgia differs from a number of states in how its judges construe and award alimony following divorce.
In Georgia, the award of alimony is very subjective. Unlike child support, which is based on a spreadsheet calculator, alimony is based on the subjective concept of need and ability to pay, as well as other factors such as length of marriage and conduct of the parties.
For many Atlanta area couples, the divorce process has been profoundly affected by the Great Recession and its aftermath.
Many men think that the system is stacked against them in a divorce. Due to gender stereotypes or simply inertia, their perception is that women are favored in child custody decisions. Many men also believe they tend to get the short end of the stick in alimony or spousal support awards.