Are You Entitled To Alimony?
Spousal support, also known as alimony, can become a sticking point between divorcing spouses. As with child support, one spouse may think they pay too much spousal support, while the other spouse thinks they are not receiving enough.
At Marsh & Frost, our attorneys will help you prepare a solid case for protecting your interests. Whether you are fighting for spousal support or seeking to protect yourself from having to make excessive spousal support payments, we can thoroughly investigate your situation and develop a strategy for safeguarding your rights and future.
From our offices in Marietta, we are positioned to help clients in Cobb County, Cherokee County and Fulton County, in the Atlanta, Georgia, metropolitan area.
How Are Alimony Payments Determined?
Much like child support obligations, spousal support is determined based on a variety of factors. Unlike child support, which is decided by a formula, judges have broad discretion regarding whether to award spousal support payments.
Typical factors that judges take into account include:
- The length of the marriage and the age of each spouse
- Whether a spouse was economically dependent on the other spouse
- Education level of each spouse
- Each spouse’s earning potential and assets
- Whether a spouse suffers from a disability that prevents him or her from working
In Georgia, alimony is designed to be rehabilitative or more permanent. A judge may decide that a spouse who raised children and never entered the workforce may need payments to gain an education and job skills. In the case of a long-lasting marriage where the spouses are already at retirement age, a judge may decide a spouse deserves payments until death or remarriage.
Our lawyers can examine your finances and help you determine the best way to proceed. While it may be in your interests to negotiate a settlement, it is important to work with experienced attorneys before agreeing to anything. We have more than 60 years of combined family law experience that we will put to use for you.
Contact Marsh & Frost To Learn More
If you have questions about spousal support payments, wish to modify payments or need to enforce your rights to receive what a judge ordered, contact our Marietta office by calling 678-383-4953 or toll free at 866-920-4494. We can answer all of your questions.