Resolving Spousal Support (Alimony) Issues In North Metro Atlanta
Unless both divorcing spouses have approximately equal incomes and resources for supporting themselves during a separation and after a divorce, alimony issues are likely to come up early in the case and continue through the final decree.
At the Teiger Law Center, P.C., our experience with explaining and managing alimony problems at all stages of the case can represent a significant advantage whether you need to receive spousal support or you will be expected to pay it.
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Attorney Tracy Teiger brings nearly 30 years of experience to the analysis and resolution of alimony issues in Georgia divorce, especially for clients residing in the northern portion of Greater Atlanta.
Our law firm is familiar with the diverse demographic and economic circumstances of divorcing spouses in this region, and we can help you understand the considerations and strategies involved with the resolution of temporary alimony and permanent alimony issues both early in the divorce and in the final settlement or decree.
The advice of an experienced lawyer can give you a good idea of what to expect in paying or receiving spousal support. While the broad objective of Georgia law is to protect each spouse’s current standard of living to the greatest extent possible, the realities of each party’s income, liabilities and current expenses will need to be taken into account in determining alimony. The need to pay for your legal representation is also an important consideration in temporary support questions that you should not overlook.
In some situations, a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement will specifically address each party’s rights and obligations with respect to alimony. Sometimes a prenuptial agreement will provide for a waiver of either spouse’s right to support; in other cases, the spousal support terms will substitute a lump-sum payment for any continuing alimony obligations. Before assuming that a prenuptial agreement will necessarily control the issue, however, you should have a knowledgeable attorney review the document to see whether a court is likely to enforce it.
Georgia family court judges have a great deal of discretion on alimony issues, but they will consider a number of factors:
- Age of each spouse
- Length of the marriage
- Each spouse’s income and assets
- Each spouse’s abilities, disabilities or special needs
- Education level of each spouse
- Any domestic violence issues
- Any misconduct on the part of either party — infidelity, substance abuse or gambling problems, for example — that led to the breakup of the marriage
Our law firm can advise you about the ways that any of these factors might affect your right to receive or obligation to pay alimony, and then work to protect your interests accordingly.
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For additional information about the benefits of working with an experienced family law attorney, contact the Teiger Law Center, P.C., at our Cumming or Alpharetta law offices by calling 800-780-2275 or 866-726-2153.