What Should I Know About Alimony?

The rules and regulations surrounding alimony can be incredibly complicated. Whether you need to receive alimony or you may have to pay it, you should research how Georgia handles alimony awards.

At The Siemon Law Firm, we can assist you. Our Atlanta-based attorneys have several decades of combined experience representing clients in alimony disputes, both simple and complex. We can provide the answers you need, address your concerns and give you a better understanding of our state’s alimony laws.

What Is The Difference Between The Two Types Of Alimony?

The state may award one of two types of financial support to spouses. These include:

  1. Temporary: Temporary alimony goes to one spouse for the duration of the divorce to ensure that they can support themselves.
  2. Permanent: This form of alimony lasts a longer period, though it is rarely permanent for a whole lifetime. It often lasts for two to 10 years.

Generally, the court will award alimony only until the dependent spouse can support themselves independently.

How Do Georgia Courts Determine Alimony?

Judges have a lot of leeway when issuing alimony orders. There is no chart or table that stipulates an amount of support based on income. Instead, the judge will consider factors such as:

  • Each spouse’s income
  • The length of the marriage
  • Each spouse’s contribution to the marriage
  • The separate assets of each spouse
  • Whether one spouse contributed to the other’s education or training
  • How long it may take for the dependent spouse to become financially independent
  • Health care considerations
  • Tax penalties

Because judges have so much discretion in awarding support, you stand to lose a lot. Allow our team to present your case in the best light so you have a better chance of receiving the outcome you need.

Learn More About Alimony From Our Lawyers

This information is merely an overview of Georgia’s many complicated alimony rules. Speak with one of our attorneys in an initial consultation to discuss your particular situation and learn more. To schedule your consultation, send us an email or call us at 770-888-5120.

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