There are several factors used to determine if alimony is awarded. Once it has been determined that you (or your spouse) is eligible for alimony, the court will decide how much will be awarded and for how long. Alimony is not always a permanent situation. In some cases, it can be awarded during the divorce proceedings.
Yes. Alimony may be awarded to either spouse for their support and maintenance after the divorce. It is based on the financial circumstances of the divorcing spouses. The needs of one spouse and the ability of the other spouse to pay are the primary factors in determining eligibility and amount. Since most spouses are working, it may be awarded for a shorter period of time, and smaller amount than in the past. Payments may be paid in a lump sum of money or the award of some property.
When determining eligibility, the Court looks at several aspects. In Georgia, alimony is not normally awarded to a spouse that has committed adultery or is found to have abandoned the marriage. The court will also consider the financial situation of the parties involved, their age, standard of living and ability to pay.
For instance, if you and your spouse have been married for a long time and there is a wide range in earning capability from one spouse to another, the court could decide on a monetary award.
As we stated before, alimony can be permanent or temporary. There are several factors that determine that. If you and your spouse have been married for a long time and one spouse did not enter the workforce to raise the children of that marriage, the courts could create an alimony timeline that provides a chance for the recipient to gain training to re enter the workforce. Another consideration in this case would be the age of the individuals and their ability to re enter the workforce.