There are many factors that go into determining what type of alimony a person can receive and how much the payments will be if they are ordered. Understanding these can help to ensure that you are prepared for what might happen.
One thing to remember is that alimony can be ordered even you aren't currently going through a divorce. Georgia law allows for spousal support if you are voluntarily separated. In fact, that is one of the reasons the court might order permanent alimony that only terminates if the recipient gets remarried.
When trying to determine the type, duration and amount of spousal support, the court considers:
- The financial standing and resources of each person
- How long the marriage lasted
- The standard of living that was present in the union
- How much each person contributed to the marriage, including caring for children and keeping the home
- How long it will take one person to get training or education needed for suitable employment
- The emotional and physical condition of each person
- Any other factors the court deems necessary
If the person who is making the payments passes away, the alimony will stop. The recipient won't be able to make a claim from the estate unless there are terms in the order that note the person is entitled to receive something.
Because this is such a complex matter, anyone who faces the possibility of alimony factoring into their separation or divorce should understand how these laws will impact the outcome of their cases. This can help you to plan for the future.