In Georgia, there’s no formula for alimony. Alimony is simply determined based on the ability of one party to pay and the needs of the other party to receive it. There are two different types of alimony in Georgia, modifiable and non-modifiable alimony. Non-modifiable alimony is typically a lump sum, a certain amount of money, and it can be paid out over a period of time.
Modifiable alimony are monthly payments that continue until the death, remarriage, or cohabitation of the recipient of that money. In Georgia, if a person causes the breakup of their marriage through infidelity or cheating, that person is not eligible to receive alimony at all. It’s a very important factor in alimony cases, whether or not someone has cheated. I represented a woman who unfortunately became disabled in the very first year of her marriage. And after about three or four years, her husband filed for divorce against her, but she was disabled and couldn’t work. And most lawyers would tell you that it takes at least seven years of marriage to be eligible for alimony in Georgia. But we presented the case to the judge and that judge ultimately ended up awarding her lifetime alimony.
Since we handle fewer cases at the Claiborne Firm, it gives us the time and the resources to be able to pay close attention and come up with the best and creative solutions to resolving those cases.