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Alimony Case Georgia

When couples get a divorce, the issue of alimony will usually arise. Will you have to pay alimony, or will you receive alimony after your divorce? Alimony refers to the payment made from one party to the other party after their divorce. Alimony can be awarded by a court order, or by a mutual agreement.

Under Georgia law, a husband and wife have a mutual duty to support one another, meaning the husband has a responsibility to care for his wife, and the wife has a duty to care for her husband. Alimony can be of a short duration or it can be for a long period of time. In most cases, alimony is awarded after a long-term marriage ends.

Alimony is not automatically awarded in a divorce; the other party must be able to afford to pay alimony before it can be awarded. A Gwinnett County alimony lawyer will be able to fully explain how this might affect you and your own divorce.

Reasons for Awarding Alimony

Rehabilitative alimony is designed with the intention of helping a dependent spouse get back on their own feet. Rehabilitative alimony is typically awarded to a spouse while they go back to school so they can acquire the job skills needed for a competitive job market. Oftentimes rehabilitative alimony is awarded to the homemaker who cared for the household and the couple's children. It is not uncommon that after a number of years out of the workforce, it's difficult for the homemaker to obtain gainful employment after a divorce; therefore, rehabilitative alimony becomes necessary. Permanent alimony typically lasts for a long time, usually until the death or remarriage of the person receiving the alimony.

When the courts determine whether or not to award alimony they will consider a variety of factors including but not limited to:

  • 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
  • The time necessary for the receiving spouse to obtain the skills necessary to find appropriate employment
  • Each parties separate earning capacity

Alimony Lawyer Serving Gwinnett County

Fox Firm, P.C., is proud to represent clients in Lawrenceville and all throughout Gwinnett County. Mr. Fox is a native of Atlanta, and graduated from the University Of Georgia School Of Law in 1995 after earning his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University. The firm has been practicing law for a quarter century and has successfully helped numerous clients with their family law needs.

If you or considering divorce or if your spouse has already served you papers, the firm is fully prepared to answer any questions that you may have about alimony. He can clearly explain your rights so you can know what to expect in the divorce process. To learn more about alimony and divorce in Georgia, contact a Gwinnett County alimony attorney from the firm to schedule your initial consultation.

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