Spousal support is typically one of the focal matters of any divorce or legal separation. In both contested and uncontested divorces this issue will need to be thoroughly examined and crucial decisions will be made based on information that is presented in court. Bill will use his vast experience, persistence, and dedication to gather all the related information to successfully represent you during spousal support negotiations and in court. The court has broad discretion to award any amount of money that is necessary for the support of the recipient spouse as long as the court’s decision is based on the facts and the circumstances existing at the time the award is granted. The judge will pore over many mitigating factors while determining an award, including the length of the marriage, occupations of the involved parties and assets and debts before granting spousal support.
In Georgia, there are three types of spousal support: permanent, rehabilitative, and restitutional.
Permanent Alimony is a payment for things such as food, housing, clothing, and other provisions of a spouse. If a spouse is requesting permanent alimony, they must prove their need of support. Permanent alimony, once awarded, remains in effect indefinitely or until there are a change in circumstances, which may lead to a review of the arrangement.
Rehabilitative Alimony is a payment designed to provide the necessary support to enable a spouse to refresh or develop job skills that will allow him or her to secure a vocation. This is a common form of alimony, and it is temporary.
Restitutional Alimony is a repayment of support given to a spouse while they were pursuing their education or enhancing vocational skills. Restitutional alimony is temporary.
Spousal support is often one of the most challenging phases of the divorce procedure because it affects the current and future lifestyles of both spouses. No one wants to be hindered financially by a spousal payment or lack of alimony. Contact Bill so that he can represent you and fight diligently for your supposal support rights. Bill represents clients throughout the entire Atlanta area including the communities of Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Decatur, Marietta, Stone Mountain, Lawrenceville, Cumming, Forsyth County, Smyrna, Alpharetta, Douglasville, Lithonia, Tucker and Snellville. Please click on the bio of William R. Lester here to learn more about his practice or click here to read some client testimonials. Please also feel free to utilize our family law resource links.