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Alimony: Changes affect your rights

Spousal support is always a hot topic because many individuals end up staying home to support their spouses or are lower-earning spouses during a marriage and need support to move on independently. In many of these situations, it's women who end up needing support. This may be due to giving up a career to raise children or because of simply earning less than their male counterparts.

Financial support from your ex might be possible during divorce

When you've stayed at home to raise your family and keep the house running smoothly, you don't expect that you are going to have to head back into the workforce to support yourself. If you go through a divorce, this might be one of the difficult things that you have to do.

These mistakes could cost you your spousal support check

If you are someone who receives alimony, you need to make sure that you don't do something that could eliminate your right to it. One of those things could be moving in with a new partner. If you change your circumstances and plan to get married or become engaged, you'll give your ex the perfect reason to head back to court and seek the termination of a spousal support order.

Understanding temporary and permanent alimony in Georgia

Spousal support is intended to be used to provide a lesser-earning spouse (in most cases) with support while he or she regains the ability to earn substantial income and support him or herself. For the most part, spousal support is no longer permanent, meaning that there is an end date for any spousal support order. However, remember that Georgia does still recognize the need for permanent alimony, so individuals who have been in a long-term marriage may find that permanent alimony is a possibility.

Understanding rehabilitative alimony in Georgia

Rehabilitative alimony is the one kind of alimony you should learn about if you think you'll be expected to pay alimony to a spouse who did not work during your marriage. This kind of alimony is designed to help him or her as he or she learns a new trade or gets back into a normal workflow. The alimony isn't unlimited, and it's possible to limit it to only a year or two while your ex-spouse gets back on his or her feet.

Will retirement alter my child support obligations?

When you enter retirement, you will no longer receive an employee's paycheck every month. Since spousal support, otherwise known as alimony, is generally calculated based on a person's working income, one might think that with retirement will come the end of alimony obligations.

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