Alimony is a payment made from one spouse to another after divorce. Historically, alimony was paid by a husband to his ex-wife who had worked in the home during their marriage. Today, alimony is still used to help balance the economic effects of divorce by requiring the higher-wage-earner to financially support the lower-wage-earner after divorce.
A court can award either temporary or permanent alimony. However, not all divorces result in alimony payments, and when a court does award alimony, the amount it awards can vary significantly. Because every situation is unique, it can be beneficial to understand the factors that Georgia courts often consider when making decisions about alimony.