What Determines Alimony Amounts in Georgia?
Whether alimony is to be awarded in a Georgia divorce and the specific amount to be paid is based on several factors. Alimony is not ordered in every case, as certain criteria must be shown. If you are going through a divorce and believe alimony may be an issue, then contact our Cobb County divorce attorney at Fuller Law Group for a consultation.
What is alimony?
Alimony, sometimes called spousal maintenance, is financial support paid by one spouse to the other to ensure that the spouse to receive alimony is able to financial maintain the lifestyle he or she enjoyed prior while married. Alimony may be permanent or temporary to allow the spouse receiving alimony to more comfortably transition from marriage life to being single. The payments are made periodically for a specific period of time. Payments may be in a lump sum, monthly, annually, or however determined by the court or by agreement of the parties.
What factors are considered in determining alimony?
The spouse requesting alimony must show that they need the financial resources after the divorce and that the other spouse has the ability to pay. When determining the amount of alimony to award, the court may consider:
- The standard of living enjoyed during the marriage
- The duration of the marriage
- Each party’s resources
- The health, age and abilities of the spouses
- The period of time it will take for the requesting spouse to become self-sufficient
- Each party’s contributions during the marriage
- The liabilities assumed by each party in the divorce
- Whether there was fault on the part of either party
A Fuller Law Group Attorney can review your case to identify any factors that may be relevant to the issue of alimony with an eye toward protecting your financial interests. A Fuller Law Group Attorney can represent you in court and will aggressively advocate for your financial interests in providing the best opportunity at a fresh start after the divorce.
The attorneys at the Fuller Law Group have experience and proven results in advocating the issue of alimony on behalf of its clients. Contact our office today to begin building your defense and discuss your available options.