Atlanta Alimony Attorneys
Helping You Pursue an Ideal Outcome in Your Case
Alimony disputes are frequently one of the more hotly contested aspects of any divorce, especially when one party requests a significant amount of spousal support.
Whether you're a prospective payor or recipient in an alimony case, our Atlanta alimony lawyers will work with you to pursue an equitable outcome that supports your needs and best interests.
How Does Alimony Work in GA?
Alimony recipients can obtain one of two types of alimony:
- Temporary alimony. Temporary alimony helps support a spouse while the divorce process is under way, ensuring they maintain a good standard of living throughout the divorce.
- Permanent alimony. Permanent alimony lasts after a divorce is complete, but not necessarily for an indefinite amount of time. In essence, a court could order a permanent alimony arrangement that will support a spouse until they receive a certain amount of professional training and can feasibly support themselves, after which the alimony arrangement is terminated.
How much alimony the payor is responsible for largely depends on the circumstances of the divorce.
For example, if the court determines the payor has a large amount of disposable income and the recipient needs a significant amount of support, the alimony payment may be fairly significant. Alternatively, if the court decides the payor has little income to spare, a smaller alimony arrangement may be more appropriate.
How Do Courts Decide if a Spouse Needs Alimony?
Courts consider several factors when deciding whether to award an individual with temporary or permanent alimony, including:
- The length of the marriage. Longer marriages are often affiliated with more substantial or longer alimony arrangements.
- The standard of living established during the marriage.
- The age and health of each spouse. For example, a spouse who cannot work due to a medical condition may require more alimony than a spouse already in the workforce.
- Each spouse's current earnings and earning capabilities.
- How long it would take the prospective recipient to become financially stable, including how long it may take them to obtain professional training and re-enter the workforce (if they don't currently work).
- How each spouse contributed to the marriage, both in terms of activities (such as caring for the children) and finances (such as paying the mortgage).
- How each spouse contributed to the other's career, professional licenses, and education.
- How a proposed alimony arrangement may impact the alimony payor.
- Any other elements the court considers pertinent to the case.
As you can see, a wide range of factors could impact the outcome of your alimony case - which is why it's so important to have legal representation you trust by your side.
Our alimony lawyers can help you identify and work towards a positive outcome in your case.