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3 common misconceptions about spousal support in Georgia

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2024 | Firm News

Spousal support is money paid by one spouse to the other to meet their needs during or after divorce. It is intended to help alleviate the economic burden that often arises from the dissolution of a marriage.

Despite its significance, spousal support is widely misunderstood, leading to misconceptions that can impact divorce proceedings and the financial well-being of those involved. Knowing the truth can help you navigate the divorce process more effectively. Below are some of the common myths about spousal support.

Spousal support is guaranteed in every divorce

Spousal support is not automatically awarded in every divorce case. The law in Georgia is very clear on this. The decision to award spousal support is decided on a case-by-case basis and will be informed by the specific circumstances of your divorce. 

Factors like each spouse’s financial situation, earning capacity and their role in the dissolution of the marriage may all play a part in determining whether they are entitled to spousal support.

Spousal support lasts forever

Spousal support can be permanent in some cases, like when one spouse cannot support themselves due to factors such as age or health. However, it is more commonly temporary and only lasts for a specified period after the divorce is finalized. 

It’s also worth noting that spousal support can be terminated if the receiving spouse dies or remarries or if there is a significant change in either spouse’s financial situation.

Spousal support is gender-based

A spouse’s gender does not play a part in deciding whether to award them spousal support. The court’s primary concern is to ensure fairness and financial stability for both parties post-divorce. Therefore, if one spouse requires financial support and the other has the means to provide it, spousal support may be ordered regardless of gender.

Understanding how spousal support works in your specific situation is essential if you are going through a divorce in Georgia. Reaching out for legal guidance can help protect your rights and financial interests post-divorce.