Under Georgia law, alimony, which is also referred to as spousal support, is designed to balance the incomes and needs of the parties without impoverishing either party. Spousal support is to be based on what is just and reasonable under the circumstances of the case.
Alimony Factors Considered by Georgia Courts:
In Georgia, both the amount and length of spousal support is determined by many factors, including:
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The duration of the marriage
- The age and the physical and emotional condition of both parties
- The financial resources of each party
- Where applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable him or her to find appropriate employment
- The contribution of each party to the marriage, including, but not limited to, services rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party
- The condition of the parties, including the separate estate, earning capacity, and fixed liabilities of the parties; and
- Such other relevant factors as the court deems equitable and proper.
Calculating Alimony in Georgia
Sometimes an alimony analysis is fairly straightforward. A long-term marriage where one spouse raised the children and the other increased his or her earning potential through education or experience will likely result in alimony to the non-working spouse.
When calculating child support, Georgia has child support guidelines that take the mystery out of the equation. We plug in the incomes of the parties and a few other variables and we arrive at a fairly accurate estimate as to the amount of child support.
The same is not true for calculating alimony. Because judges have a great deal of discretion in awarding alimony, we can only provide you with a general idea of the potential alimony. In fact, in many instances, a panel of judges presented with the same facts will arrive at different conclusions about the amount and length of time that alimony will be awarded. Who your judge is often makes a great deal of difference when it comes to alimony.
Evaluating your situation in light of these factors takes experience and judgment.
When we work with clients, we take the time to understand all of the details of your specific case to advise you how the court is likely to view the facts of your case and how your facts are best presented.
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