Alimony (Spousal Support)
Spousal support can be a complex issue in a Georgia divorce, since the courts do not have specific laws guiding the determination of alimony. While taking a number of factors into account, judges have the discretion to decide whether or not to award alimony and in what amount.
At the law firm of Edwards & Associates, we practice exclusively in family law. The attorneys at our law firm have a detailed understanding of the factors judges use to determine if someone qualifies for alimony. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
What Makes Us Special?
For more than a decade, our attorneys have practiced in 27 counties throughout Georgia and currently represent clients in these main Georgia counties: Gwinnett, Cobb, Fulton, Forsyth, Clayton and Dekalb.
This extensive background working with judges and judicial officers across the state is valuable, as judges in each county award spousal maintenance based on a variety of local considerations and customs in addition to the legal factors:
- Each spouse’s income
- The length of the marriage
- The health and age of each spouse
- The lifestyle maintained during the marriage
- The earning power of spouses based on educational background
- Whether one spouse passed up educational opportunities in order to support the other’s education, to raise the children, or to benefit the family
- Whether there are any allegations of domestic violence
Alimony can be issued on a temporary or permanent basis. Temporary support provides an opportunity for both sides to afford a divorce lawyer, as attorney fees and court costs are covered under temporary support.
We have a strong record of helping appropriate clients obtain permanent and temporary alimony, as well as opposing it for financially independent spouses. During an initial consultation, we will explain the law and the likely outcome in your case, as well as your options. Schedule a confidential consultation with a lawyer today.