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We'll help guide you through the intricacies of alimony and divorce.
Post-divorce spousal support, which is often referred to as "alimony" or "separate maintenance," can be awarded for a number of reasons. Unlike child support, there are no state requirements for spousal support awards in divorce. In general, it is intended to take into account the contributions of spouses, either male or female, who have cared for the children or supported the careers of their working spouses.
In Georgia, alimony is not a right, but it can be appropriate in certain situations and awarded over time or in one lump sum after a divorce settlement. In order to determine eligibility, courts consider a number of issues, including the needs, income and assets of each spouse.
When determining whether alimony is to be awarded, courts look at a variety of criteria, including:
Many people don't know that alimony payments may be temporary or permanent, and they can change during the divorce process and over time. When awarded, alimony is structured in one of four ways:
Some other important alimony facts include the following:
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In Atlanta and Georgia, alimony is not guaranteed and the process is somewhat complex. That's why it's important for our Atlanta-based attorneys to work on your behalf to maximize your chances of achieving your alimony goals.
Whether you are seeking alimony in your divorce or opposing it, an experienced divorce lawyer at Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor can assist you. Call our offices at 678-971-3413 or contact us online.
If the court has already issued an alimony decision, don't worry. We can also help guide you through the appeals process.