Alimony, or spousal support, is not a promised part of divorce proceedings in Georgia. And calculating alimony in Georgia is not a simple process.
Unlike child support, where established guidelines determine the mathematical calculation, spousal support is determined at the judge’s discretion. It is usually awarded when a long-term marriage ends, and one spouse has less income earning potential.
The payment is to help that spouse adjust to life without their partner’s income. This arrangement can be made privately between the couple or directed by the courts.
In Georgia, there are two types of alimony:
- Rehabilitation Alimony – The intent of rehabilitation alimony is to help a partner for a temporary time period. In this time, the partner would pursue additional education or training in efforts to build income and financial status.
- Permanent Alimony – For couples whose marriage has lasted longer or more “traditional,” with a single income earner, permanent alimony may be granted.
Factors for Determining Alimony Payment
In Georgia, several components may be weighted differently based on your unique circumstance. Unless an arrangement is made privately, a judge has the final decision on awarding alimony.
The judge will consider the following factors for determining the alimony payment:
- Duration of marriage
- Age, physical condition and mental state of both partners
- Standard of living during the marriage
- Contributions to the marriage
- The time needed for either spouse to get training or education that aids in gainful employment
During the litigation process, both parties will present the courts with detail on their financial background, including credits/debts, any supporting income, as well as daily household duties or responsibilities that shows each party’s need for support, and ability to pay, now that the marriage has ended. This will help the judge gain a better perspective of the parties’ roles and how alimony may be appropriate on a case-by-case basis.
Learning more about alimony and how you can gain control of your financial future is an important step while sorting out your divorce requests and expectations. Although challenging, it is important to examine your options objectively to make the best decision for you and your family.
Having an experienced divorce lawyer on your side can help protect your rights and interests. Contact Sauls Law Group at (770) 212-9168 for a consultation.