Understanding Alimony In Divorce Proceedings In Georgia

One of the most difficult aspects of divorce is figuring out how to handle alimony. It is only natural to worry about one’s financial future, and it is in your best interest to work with an experienced, local law firm that specializes in high-asset cases. The legal team at Platt Law Firm has been handling divorces and family law cases in Georgia for nearly two decades. Our lawyers understand that divorce is an emotional and overwhelming process for families. We promise to treat every client with respect and compassion. We stand by you every step of the way, so you always understand the process and know what to expect. We will zealously work for you to reach a fair and reasonable result so you can move forward with your life.

Many clients reach out to us with questions about alimony. In Georgia, alimony (sometimes referred to as spousal support) may be awarded if the court decides it is fair. Several factors will affect the alimony ruling in your case. We encourage you to ask questions so you fully understand the court’s decision.

Frequently Asked Questions About Alimony

What is Alimony?

Alimony is an amount that one spouse may pay to the other if there is a disparity in their incomes or if one spouse has been out of the workforce for a period of time. 

How Long Will Alimony Last?

Temporary Alimony is awarded for the duration of the divorce proceedings. It ensures that the lower-earning spouse can afford their personal expenses and that they can afford to continue litigating the case. Temporary Alimony does not continue after the case is settled and does not necessarily reflect the merits of the case.

Longer term Alimony may be awarded when one spouse has been out of the workforce for an extended period or lacks the education they need to qualify for suitable jobs. The court may award rehabilitative spousal support for a period of time following the divorce. This gives the receiving spouse the time they need to gain the training and experience that will enable them to secure a suitable career.

Which Factors Determine Alimony Awards in Georgia?

Alimony is awarded on a case-by-case basis. The court may consider:

  • The length of the marriage;
  • The established standard of living during the marriage;
  • Age and physical condition of the parties;
  • Current financial resources and future income potentials;
  • Each spouse’s contribution to the marriage;
  • Need of a party receiving alimony;
  • Ability of the paying spouse to pay alimony;
  • Any other relevant factors as determined by the court.

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The Platt Law legal team has a proven record of successfully handling cases for residents of Roswell and the surrounding areas. We are proud to have been named one of the 10 Best Law Firms for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Our offices are conveniently located in a beautiful and historic building in Roswell, GA. We would be pleased to meet with you in person to discuss your unique situation and explore your options. Call Platt Law Firm today to schedule a consultation and learn how our personalized approach will ease your worries and get the results you need.