When spouses decide to divorce, discussions about alimony are often high priority. Alimony refers to the payment made from one party to the other for support after the divorce. Under Georgia law, spouses have the mutual duty to support each other during a marriage. After a marriage ends, a husband or wife may have the responsibility to care for the former spouse financially.
Alimony is not awarded automatically in every divorce; the responsible party must be able to afford to pay alimony before alimony will be awarded from income or assets. Alimony may be of a short duration or it can be for a longer period of time. Lynn Law Firm can fully explain how alimony might affect you during your divorce.
The courts consider the following factors when determining alimony:
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The length of the marriage
- The age, the physical condition and emotional condition of both parties
- The financial resources of each party
- Each party’s separate earning capacity
- The time necessary for the receiving spouse to obtain the skills necessary to find appropriate employment
Types of alimony include the following:
Rehabilitative Alimony: Designed to assist a dependent spouse to get back on their own feet. After a number of years of being out of the workforce, it can be difficult for the homemaker to obtain gainful employment after a divorce. Rehabilitative alimony is typically awarded to a spouse when they go back to school to acquire the job skills needed for the competitive job market. Our divorce attorneys can help answer the questions of how much rehabilitative alimony should be awarded and for what duration.
Permanent alimony: This typically lasts until the death or remarriage of the person receiving.
Contact an Experienced Attorney in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
If you are considering divorce or if you have been served with divorce papers, Lynn Law Firm is fully prepared to answer any questions that you may have regarding alimony. To learn more about alimony and divorce in Georgia, contact Lynn Law Firm in Gwinnett County, Georgia, at 770-212-9090 for a consultation.