Alimony/Spousal Support

Spousal support is when one spouse is awarded a sum of money from the other spouse, on a temporary or permanent basis, whenever a court determines that the particular facts warrant the situation.
Georgia courts recognize both “temporary” and “permanent” alimony, as well as lump-sum payments.

Temporary Alimony

Temporary alimony may be awarded during a divorce proceeding and can be modified upon the finalization of the divorce.
Temporary alimony can also be awarded after the divorce, but only for a specific period of time. This is to help the receiving spouse to stay financially stable during job searches or training.

Permanent Alimony

Permanent alimony may be awarded for older spouses who may have retired or are not hirable into the workforce. Permanent alimony can be revisited if the spouse remarries, is able to earn a stable income, or become financially sound.

Factors That a Court May Use to Determine Alimony

Getting a divorce can be a challenging time and can cause a number of transitions for your family. Here at the Butterfield Law Firm, we are ready to assist you in making this transition as easy as possible and are here to defend your rights during the divorce process.

We understand that no two families are alike, and no two divorces are either. Knowing this, it is important to understand your overall concerns and needs if you are faced with divorce.

We have helped hundreds of families get their ideal resolutions in their divorce issues and we can help you do the same.

  • Quality of living established during the marriage;
  • Length of the marriage;
  • The age, physical, the mental and emotional state of both parties;
  • The financial assets of individuals;
  • When suitable, the amount of time needed for either party to obtain sufficient education or training to gain viable employment;
  • What each party contributed to the marriage, including, but not limited to, services rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career-building of the other party;
  • The economic position of the parties, including the separate estate, earning capacity, and fixed liabilities of the parties; and
  • Such other relevant factors as the court deem equitable and proper.


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