Georgia Divorce Alimony
Alimony, also referred to as spousal support, is money paid by one spouse to the other spouse following a divorce. Alimony is not an automatic right—it is determined by a judge or jury and based on the particular facts and circumstances of your case.
Factors Determining Alimony
Unlike child support, there is no formula for determining alimony. Whether or not you will pay or receive alimony and the amount to be paid or received will be determined based on a number of factors, including:
- You and your spouse’s current earnings and earnings capabilities
- Age and health of both parties
- Conduct during the marriage
The judge may also consider any other relevant facts when determining whether alimony is appropriate and, if so, the amount to be paid.
Duration of Alimony
How much and how often you pay or receive alimony will be left entirely to the discretion of the judge in your case. If you are ordered to pay spousal support, it could be in periodic installments or in one or more lump sums.
Depending on the circumstances, the alimony could last for a few months or several years. In any case, alimony will be automatically terminated if the receiving party dies or gets remarried.
Alimony and Taxes
If you are ordered to pay alimony, you will be able to deduct the amount from your taxes. However, if you receive alimony, it will be considered taxable income.