Alimony and Spousal Support Lawyers
Alimony is financial support one spouse pays the other during and/or after a divorce. As you navigate through the process of establishing alimony, it is necessary to have a qualified and experienced attorney on your side. At Charlton and Glover, P.C., we make it our priority to protect your interests as decisions about alimony and spousal support are being made. Schedule your initial consultation today.
How Alimony is Determined
Before alimony will be awarded to either spouse, they must show that they have a genuine need for it. In order to be eligible, the courts will look at a few different factors. Among these are:
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- Each spouse’s earnings, debt, estates, and financial resources
- How each spouse contributed to the marriage (including child raising, education, career building, etc.)
- Each spouse’s age and physical and emotional condition
- Duration of the marriage
- Any time needed for either spouse to acquire education and/or training to find employment
There is no formula for deciding an amount for alimony payments, but our attorneys can assess your situation and give you an idea on where you stand in the settlement. Each state has different laws on spousal support, and our alimony lawyers can help you understand what the law states in Georgia.
There are 3 types of alimony in the state of Georgia:
- Rehabilitative alimony: This is the most common type of alimony in Georgia and is temporary. The purpose of rehabilitative alimony is for the paying spouse to aid the receiving spouse as he or she finds employment or acquires education/training.
- Lump sum alimony: Occasionally, a court will order a one-time payment if periodic payments are not appropriate.
- Permanent alimony: This type of alimony is the most rare and is usually only appropriate when the receiving spouse is older and/or ill and has little potential to earn a living.