Georgia Alimony (Spousal Support) Law

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Alimony in Georgia may be awarded to either spouse on either a permanent or temporary basis in accordance with that party’s needs and the other party’s ability to pay. However, a party may not be entitled to alimony if the court determines that the cause of the separation was due to that party’s adultery or desertion.  The amount and duration of alimony will be determined by the court after consideration of the following factors:

  • The standard of living established during the marriage;
  • The duration of the marriage;
  • The age, physical and emotional condition of both parties;
  • The financial resources of each party;
  • The time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education and training to find suitable employment;
  • The contribution of each spouse to the marriage;
  • The condition of the parties, including the separate estate, earning capacity and fixed liabilities of each party; and
  • Any other factor the court deems relevant and just.
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