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.