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Alimony

When couples divorce, they are often not on equal financial footing. Depending on how long they were married, their respective incomes, and other factors, spousal support, also known as alimony, may be necessary. If awarded, alimony can be paid for a short time or indefinitely, and for any amount the court thinks is appropriate. Berry Financial Law Group has substantial experience in fighting for alimony. And for fighting against it, too! Whether you wish to seek alimony from your former spouse, need child support payments from the other parent of your child, or believe that you have been ordered to pay an unjust amount, Berry Family Law Group can help. With more than 30 years of experience in family law, our Atlanta alimony and child support attorneys can help you understand your options based on your unique situation.

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Who Is Eligible for Alimony in Georgia?

The state of Georgia recognizes two types of alimony: “rehabilitative” and “permanent” alimony. Rehabilitative alimony is usually temporary and is designed to help the receiving spouse during the post-divorce transition to a new financial life. Conversely, permanent alimony is, as the name suggests, a permanent or very long-term solution for spouses that have extremely limited employment options due to poor health, advanced age, or other factors. Permanent alimony is becoming increasingly rare, and courts will most often rule for rehabilitative alimony instead.

When awarding alimony, the court first and foremost must rule that the receiving spouse has a financial need and the other spouse has the ability to pay. To determine this, the court will look at a number of factors, including but not limited to:

  • The earning capacity of each spouse
  • The financial position of each spouse
  • The standard of living during the marriage
  • Each spouse’s financial and non-financial contributions to the marriage
  • The age, physical, and emotional health of each spouse
  • The length of the marriage
  • The time needed for either spouse to receive education/training for employment

There is no set formula for determining alimony, but our experience with the various courts and judges can provide you with the insight you need to make the right decisions

Child Support

In Georgia, child support can be paid by either party and is largely determined by examining the incomes of the mother and the father. Factors that determine how much is paid include income, the number of children, the custody arrangements, and other financial factors. Berry Financial Law Group has substantial experience in negotiating and establishing child support terms. And we can help you, too.

How Is Child Support Determined in Georgia?

Child support in Georgia is calculated with the Child Support Worksheet. This is used to calculate the presumptive amount of child support that will be paid, based off of both parents’ financial information. The presumptive amount is not binding but is instead merely a guideline that can be changed to reflect your unique situation. The worksheet factors in the gross income (or all available income) received by each parent each month.

However, there are certain adjustments to gross income that can be made in order to reduce the total amount, including:

  • Self-employment
  • Preexisting child support orders
  • Other qualified children live with the parent

Other items may be excluded from gross income calculations, and certain mandatory deviations may apply to child support calculations. Our Atlanta child support attorneys can examine your specific situation and help you understand what you can expect. If you are currently struggling with a contentious alimony or child support battle with your former partner, our firm can help you fight for your rights in settlement or trial.

To speak to one of our Atlanta alimony or child support lawyers, call Berry Family Law Group at (404) 205-8942 for a consultation.

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