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Frequently Asked Questions About Alimony In Georgia

In Georgia, alimony is a post-divorce payment that assists a financially disadvantaged spouse. The amount you'll pay is determined by a variety of factors that depend on your state's divorce laws.  Here are two frequently asked questions about alimony in Georgia.

Will I Pay Alimony For The Rest Of My Life?

It depends. In Georgia, alimony can be temporary or permanent. 

  • Alimony is temporary if the disadvantaged spouse needs financial support to get on his or her feet. For example, a stay-at-home parent needs to go back to school or renew a certification to get a decent job. Alimony can support your spouse until she can support herself without your help.
  • Alimony can be permanent when the disadvantaged spouse is physically or mentally impaired to the point where it's impossible to be completely self-sufficient.

What Factors Determine How Much Alimony I Pay?

The amount you pay your financially disadvantaged spouse will depend on a variety of factors. Here are the most common questions your court will want answers to:

  • How long did the marriage last?
  • What did each spouse contribute to the marriage (i.e. financially or keeping the home)? 
  • Can your spouse eventually be self-sufficient?
  • Do you have any shared properties/assets?
  • How old are you? How old is your spouse?
  • Did your spouse abandon you or commit adultery? (In this case, you may not need to pay alimony).

These are just a few common considerations, but the court may examine other attributes of your marriage as well.

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