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.