Georgia Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony Factors
In Georgia the support payments (if any) can certainly influence how the marital property distribution is awarded, which is why it can become a very intricate part of the final outcome of any divorce. Keeping this in mind, if you and your spouse are unable to reach and agreement on this issue, the Superior Court will order support from one spouse to the other on a case-by-case basis as follows:
Any spouse may be awarded alimony as long as he or she is not guilty of desertion or adultery. These other factors are also considered when the parties are not able to agree on an amount; 1. the participation each party had to the marital estate; 2. the duration of the marriage; 3. the future earning capacity and financial resources of each party; 4. the age and medical condition of each party; 5. the future earning capacity of each party; 6. the value of each party’s separate property; 7. the standard of living sustained during the marriage; 8. rehabilitative time one party may need to gain employment. (Georgia Code - Sections: 19-5-5)
You can also read more about Georgia spousal support in the Georgia state statutes located at: http://www.legis.ga.gov/en-US/default.aspx.
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