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Understanding the basics of alimony

People throughout the United States, including those living in and near Atlanta, Georgia, know that every person is unique, as is every relationship, whether it is a business relationship, friendship or married couple. In some situations, both spouses are able to work and juggle schedules to earn money for the family. With other families, one spouse earns money to support the family financially while the other spouse stays at home and either takes care of the housekeeping or cares for the children, or both.

When one spouse has decided to give up a career in order to take care of the family at home, he or she might be at a serious disadvantage if the marriage fails and the spouse now has to enter life alone. While before he or she was likely dependent on the income of the other spouse, now they are on their own.

The courts understand how this could leave one spouse at a significant disadvantage and with real struggles trying to adapt and live a single, independent life. This is one of the reasons many courts award one spouse alimony or spousal support following a divorce. Alimony is designed to help provide financial relief while one spouse integrates back into the workforce. Alimony may be used to pay for education or training for a new job, or so help a spouse maintain a similar standard of living as they did during the course of their marriage. This is not always easy, however.

If you find yourself on the verge of a divorce, it is important to not let emotional stress get the best of you during the divorce process. There is a lot that needs to be taken care of, including but not limited to property division, alimony and, if children are involved, child support and child custody.

Source:, "Spousal Support (Alimony) Basics," Accessed May 29, 2017

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