Calculating Alimony in Georgia
Unlike child support, there is no “formula” to follow for determining alimony payments. A court will take several factors into consideration, including the length of the marriage and the ability of the spouses to support themselves. It will also take into account each person’s financial and nonfinancial contributions to the marriage. If one partner deferred his or her education while the other went to school, that will factor into the decision. If one was a stay-at-home dad or mom who now needs some training to re-enter the workforce, that will be considered, too. When you have questions regarding alimony or spousal support, contact a Fulton County alimony lawyer at Salata Law, in Alpharetta.
Temporary Alimony to Help You Move Beyond the Divorce
If you have not worked for a while and you need some time to get yourself ready to go back to work, the judge may order temporary spousal support. This may be paid out in a lump sum or in smaller periodic payments. As your divorce attorneys, we can help you negotiate an appropriate amount of time and money to get you back on your feet.
Lifetime alimony is becoming rarer in Georgia these days. When it is awarded, it goes to spouses in long-term marriages of 10 years or more where one spouse acted as sole provider. The person receiving spousal support usually has minimal to no income-earning potential. If one of you is disabled and cannot work, you may also be awarded permanent alimony. Of course, if the spouse who receives support remarries, most alimony agreements end. If you fail to make your spousal support payments, you may be held in contempt of court, which can lead to jail time.