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Alimony is ultimately determined by examining once spouse’s need and the other spouse’s ability to pay. The judge or jury can consider numerous factors in determining whether alimony should be awarded, including:

  • Duration of the marriage
  • Causes of separation
  • Standard of living
  • Financial resources
  • If applicable, the time necessary to obtain education and training for employment
  • Contributions, including homemaking, child care, education and career-building
  • Condition of the parties, including separate estate, earning capacity and fixed liabilities
  • Such other factors as are equitable and proper

I sit down with clients and look at tax returns, past earning history, budgets, current expenses and future expenses separate from a spouse, and then I help guide you on a realistic alimony claim. There are several forms of alimony – monthly payments or periodic; in kind or paid in the form of another expense, such as health insurance; and lump sum, which is received in a large payment or short increments.

Modifying Or Terminating An Alimony Award

A court order determines the initial alimony award based on circumstances at the time of divorce. But if the needs or financial resources of either spouse change significantly, either can petition the court to increase, decrease or eliminate the alimony award. One of the most common reasons people seek an end to an alimony award is that the receiving spouse has gotten remarried or has entered into a romantic cohabiting relationship with another partner.

Contact My Firm For Case-Specific Advice And Representation

Whether you need help with an initial support order or a modification, at my firm, Candace M. Williams, P.C., I am here to advocate for your needs. To learn more about how I can help, call my office in Gainesville, Georgia, at 470-705-5442 or send me an email.