Back when divorce was uncommon, judges would grant them only in cases of broken marriage vows through infidelity or similar circumstances. Judges often used the awarding of alimony as a form of public chastisement. Now, in the era of the no-fault dissolution, there are many who question the wisdom of court-ordered spousal support. There are likely many Georgia residents who either make or receive these monies.
Many people going through divorce have questions about alimony. What is alimony, how is it determined and how long will it have to be paid are some of the most common questions about alimony.
In late December, the divorce of astronaut Buzz Aldrin and his third wife, Lois Driggs Cannon, became final. According to media reports, the high-asset divorce settlement orders Aldrin to make a large lump sum payment to his ex-wife as well as pay significant amounts in monthly spousal support. Cannon will also have a claim to much of his future income.
As the economy continues to limp toward recovery in Georgia, many people are finding themselves out of work or making less than they previously did for several months (or even years) longer than they anticipated. As such, many Atlanta residents are no longer able to meet financial obligations dating back to their pre-recession life and income.
Although alimony awards vary significantly depending on the state in which the divorce took place and the circumstances surrounding the split, there is one general rule that applies to most spousal support: when the recipient spouse remarries, the payor spouse is no longer obligated to make alimony payments.
In recent years, several states have modified their laws regarding alimony, or spousal support, in response to mass criticism claiming that the current laws are outdated and out of touch with modern marriages and family financial situations. With this seeming wave of alimony reform sweeping the country, many Atlanta residents are wondering if Georgia will be next.
If your spouse has been ordered to pay alimony, whether rehabilitative or for the remainder of your life, you will likely come to depend on those maintenance payments for your livelihood. So what happens if your former spouse passes away or becomes financially insolvent and is no longer able to make the payments?
As most of our Georgia readers probably already know, reality television star Kim Kardashian filed for divorce earlier this week from her husband, professional basketball player Kris Humphries. Few people were shocked by the announcement, although the speed at which it occurred surprised some: the divorce filing was made 72 days after their reported $10 million wedding and just a few weeks after their two-part wedding special aired on the E! network.
Alimony, or spousal support, seems like it should be very cut and dried. If one spouse is financially worse off after a marriage due to years spent out of the workforce raising children, for example, he should be granted alimony until he can support himself. However, spousal support is not usually so simple under Georgia family law.
In an October 21 blog post, we pointed out that alimony (also referred to as spousal maintenance or spousal support) is a concept that is not routinely viewed the same way across the United States. Some states lean more toward the liberal end of the spectrum in their application of alimony, whereas others, like Georgia, far from routinely award alimony.