Are Changes To Alimony Laws Necessary
Posted on Apr 11, 2012 12:00am PDT
Ordering a husband or wife to pay the other after a split can be challenging.
States across the nation, including Georgia, have tried to make alimony
laws as fair as possible. Unfortunately, some may feel the required payments
One particular state legislature has been debating whether changes to alimony
laws are necessary. The Florida legislature considered whether to make
changes to laws surrounding permanent alimony. Permanent alimony was created
to meet the needs of spouses who cannot support themselves after a long-term
marriage. This sometimes includes a spouse who gave up a career and future
retirement fund to stay home and raise children. Those supporting the
alimony reform feel these laws are outdated.
None of the proposed bills were passed in Florida. However, the debate
raises questions about alimony laws in others states.
In Georgia, there are no guidelines for determining spousal support. However,
when determining alimony, a court considers a number of factors. Some
of the considerations include the income of each party, potential future
earnings and the duration of the marriage. It is important, however, for
individuals to know that even after alimony has been determined, payments
can be altered if one party seeks a modification.
It can be a challenging time when people in Georgia are going through a
divorce. In addition to alimony payments, couples must settle child custody,
child support and property division disputes. Because there are so many
things to consider, it is often best to rely on an experienced attorney.
An attorney can help couples come to a resolution that is reasonable and
fair while protecting the interests of their client.