Crafting the Right Alimony Agreement
Divorce brings with it many concerns. Our clients come to us worried about their future, their children, their home, and their finances. Most people know the basic facts about the divorce process and what it entails. This includes understanding the essentials; division of property, child support, child custody, and alimony.
Each issue needs a dedicated pair of hands to be fully grasped. What does this mean? It means that although these individual issues are part of the overall divorce process, they should not be lumped together. A divorce attorney should craft the proper strategy to get you and your family what you need when it comes to handling your property, your children and their financial support, and your support.
Folks in Atlanta and throughout Georgia come to us because we provide highly-rated divorce services. When you agree to work with us, we’re with you every step of the way. We offer an initial strategy session that lets you understand fully how divorce works and how we make it work for you.
The Edwards Law Group has over 20 years of experience in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. If you’re ready to move on and build yourself and your children a new future, contact us today.
An Overview of Georgia’s Alimony Laws
Georgia’s family law code under (O.C.G.A. § 19-6-1) defines how alimony is determined and the different aspects that it encompasses.
Divorce is both financial, emotional, and legal. Divorce is not just about fighting spouses, broken hearts, and nasty glances. Although these emotions are present in many divorces, your divorce lawyer’s job (in part) is to separate that from the law.
The term “spousal support” is often used interchangeably with the term “alimony”. They are in essence the same thing; the financial support being paid by one spouse to the other to assist in the receiving person’s living expenses.
Child support is intended to provide financial assistance to aid the child’s best interests. Alimony on the other hand is defined as an allowance which the ex-spouse pays out of their own estate in order to support their former spouse’s economic needs. Spousal support is not solely based on economic need, but also on the other party’s ability to pay.
Georgia’s Different Types of Alimony
If the court handling your divorce determines that spousal support should be implemented, then the questions of amount, duration, and use will be asked. There can be both temporary and permanent alimony, however permanent alimony is rare. Normally, long-term alimony is considered in periods ranging from 2 to 10 years. Temporary alimony is usually implemented in order to help a needy spouse while the divorce proceeds in court.
Alimony is also considered based on what the spouse will use it for. If a spouse does not work outside of the homebut needs financial assistance in order to train for a job or go to school, then alimony can be considered. Alimony can also be negotiated during mediation.