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As you and your spouse divorce, you may worry about how you will make ends meet on your own. During your marriage, they may have earned more than you. Because of this, they may have to provide you alimony to help you maintain your former lifestyle. Yet, not all divorces in Georgia include alimony, so it’s important to know whether you qualify for it.

Georgia’s alimony laws

Depending on your circumstances, you will receive one of two types of alimony in Georgia. During your separation, your spouse will provide you temporary alimony as needed. They may also do so after your divorce if you need support while becoming self-sufficient. In rare circumstances, Georgia courts will award permanent alimony. This arrangement only happens if you are retired or face significant barriers to employment.

The length and amount of alimony you will receive depend upon:

  • The length of your marriage
  • The amount of time you need to obtain education or training that allows you to support yourself
  • You and your spouse’s age, physical health and mental health
  • You and your spouse’s individual assets and liabilities
  • You and your spouse’s individual contributions to your marriage and household
  • You and your spouse’s respective financial positions
  • Your marital standard of living

Special considerations

Georgia recognizes two instances that bar you from alimony completely. If your divorce stemmed from adultery on your part, your actions will prevent you from receiving support. If you deserted your spouse, you lose eligibility for it as well. Furthermore, you will stop receiving alimony upon remarriage. And in most cases, you will no longer receive alimony after your spouse dies.

Alimony can prove crucial in establishing financial security after your divorce. Yet, you may have to fight to receive fair support. An attorney with family law experience can help you work toward achieving it.

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