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.
Our divorce lawyers in Marietta and other office locations can answer any questions you may have about alimony laws in Georgia.