When is Spousal Support or Alimony Awarded in Georgia?

A court may consider alimony based on the needs of the party requesting alimony and the ability of the other party to pay. (Georgia Statutes, Title 19, Chapter 6, Section 1). In deciding whether to grant alimony or in considering the amount of alimony to be awarded, a court must consider: (1) the standard of living established during the marriage; (2) the duration of the marriage; (3) the age and the physical and emotional condition of both parties; (4) the financial resources of each party; (5) where applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to find appropriate employment; (6) the contribution of each party to the marriage, including, but not limited to, services rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party; (7) the condition of the parties, including the separate estate, earning capacity, and fixed liabilities of the parties; and (8) such other relevant factors as the court deems equitable and proper. (Georgia Statutes Title 19, Chapter 6, Section 5) No alimony will be granted if the cause of the divorce was desertion or adultery on the part of the party requesting alimony. (Georgia Statutes Title 19, Chapter 6, Section 1)

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