You’re running through the brutal gauntlet of divorce. And you’ve got this alimony problem hanging over your head. Fortunately, our Atlanta alimony attorneys understand and are here to assist you.

An Atlanta family law attorney specializing in alimony will clearly outline your rights regarding spousal support. Then, we’ll listen to your case, select a course of action, and aggressively represent you in any alimony litigation or mediation.

Alimony Awards in Georgia Are Subjective

Georgia has highly detailed guidelines regarding child support. However, the state hasn’t written exact rules to calculate spousal support payments. This calculation is left up to the family law judge on the case. That’s why ensuring you have a highly skilled Atlanta divorce lawyer is vital. And, it’s even more critical if you are experiencing a high-net-worth divorce.

The skilled attorneys at our family law firm also can help you modify your spousal support agreement if there is a significant change in income or employment. For example, you may have lost your job or got a higher-paying one. We have been handling family law cases in the Atlanta area for decades.

Types of Alimony

Georgia law outlines two kinds of alimony: permanent and temporary.

Permanent Alimony

Permanent alimony may be granted if the marriage endured for many years. It also can be given if the spouses have a significant difference in finances.

Permanent alimony can last until the receiving spouse dies or remarries. But there are some situations when the court can modify the alimony agreement. Just because it’s called permanent alimony doesn’t mean it always will be.

Temporary Alimony

Temporary alimony is payments over a defined period. The most common situation is to pay alimony to the spouse with less financial means, giving them time to go to school and learn skills to earn a living and support themselves.

Not having an Atlanta alimony attorney in your corner can mean more difficult divorce proceedings than necessary. Don’t let that happen. We are experienced with complex family law litigation and can help.

Why You Need an Atlanta Alimony Attorney

The court is required to award child support, but that’s not true for alimony. That’s why it’s so important to have legal representation. Having an Atlanta alimony attorney representing you can be critical to getting a fair shake at the alimony hearing.

The court will examine the following factors to determine if alimony is necessary.

  • Why the parties separated – If you prove that the split is because of desertion or adultery, that party cannot receive alimony
  • The success of the divorce action – If the divorce is denied, there can be no spousal support agreement
  • One spouse already agreed voluntarily to support the other
  • The specific grounds for divorce – Alimony will not be granted for divorces on the grounds of fraud, adultery, or duress

Next, the court will rely on the following alimony factors to decide how much alimony should be:

  • The standard of living during the union
  • The length of the marriage
  • The physical and emotional condition of each party, as well as their ages
  • The amount of each spouse’s money and income
  • How long it will take for each party to obtain enough training or education to find employment
  • The contributions each spouse made to the marriage
  • The earning ability, debts, and separate estates of each party

Contact Us to Speak to an Atlanta Alimony Attorney

Are you going through a stressful divorce? Are you worried about your alimony payments? There’s hope for a favorable outcome. Our legal team at Edwards Family Law can assist if you need help dealing with alimony and related family law matters in Georgia.

Our divorce lawyers will listen carefully to your situation, gather the necessary information, decide on the best course of action, and execute it. Just contact us.


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Do I need a Family Lawyer?

Each case is different, but we can share what clients typically struggle with when they make their initial calls to us:

  • My Spouse Wants a Divorce
  • My Marriage Has Fallen Apart And Cannot Be Fixed
  • I Am Expecting a Child Out Of Wedlock
  • I Have Fallen Behind on Child Support Due to Unemployment or salary reduction
  • My Circumstances Have Changed Drastically And Think A Change Of Custody Is Warranted
  • My Ex Announced They Want to Move Away and Take Our Child

How much will my Divorce or Child Custody matter cost me?

The financial aspect of family law matters can be terrifying because it has been known as a black hole of billing with retainers and hourly charges for things like emails and texts. Peel back further uncertainty by Estimating Your Legal Fees.

Flat Fees - No Funny Stuff

While other firms might tell you “there is no way to predict the total cost of a divorce,” we can tell you with certainty that those smoke and mirrors will not be a part of your care at Edwards Family Law. We provide value with a high degree of peace of mind through conscientious costs for our care. Learn more about our Flat Fee Family Law Services.

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Heard the horror stories about being sucked in with low retainers only to be hit with hidden incremental hourly changes?

We Have The Right Solutions For The Next Chapter of Your Life


At Edwards Family Law, we understand that your life, family, livelihood, and legacy are important to you. They are important to us as well. We are committed to doing everything possible to ensure your identity is respected and that your dignity is preserved throughout the process.

The law prohibits us from guaranteeing the outcome of your case. But, it does not prohibit us from guaranteeing the service you receive. We promise to provide you with the best in customer service and client relations. We have codified our commitment in our Ten Commandments. If we fail to deliver on any of our Ten Commandments at any time during your case, please let us know. We will apologize for our mistake and do what is necessary to fix the problem.

What You Can Expect From Your Experience With Edwards Family Law

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    Clients are not an interruption of our work. They are the purpose of it.
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    Clients will not be charged for calls to their attorney.
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    Each client shall receive aggressive representation combined with incomparable guidance and counsel.
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    Our clients will receive the most courteous and attentive treatment we can give them.
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    Each client will have their telephone call returned within one business day.
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    All of our attorneys shall practice exclusively family law and domestic relations.
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    Our clients are not just a name on a file. We will present each client with an honest assessment of all options to provide them with the best chance of success.
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    Our firm will attend all conferences and Continuing Learning Education Seminars related to the practice of Family Law to ensure that we have access to the most current case law that can affect your and your family's lives.
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    Our firm will employ the latest technology for use in your case, including a secure server where the client's entire paper file is scanned and posted to the server for immediate retrieval by the client.
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    Clients are people who bring us their wants. It is our job to meet those wants.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a difference between spousal support and alimony?

No. These are different terms for the same thing—financial payments paid by a spouse to the other to help the lower-earning spouse get on their feet financially.

What is alimony mediation?

If the marriage ends with divorce and alimony will be paid, it’s possible to go through litigation or mediation. An alimony mediator can help the parties agree without going through an expensive court process. Your Atlanta alimony attorney can represent you during mediation.

How long do you need to pay alimony in Georgia?

In Georgia, your attorney can negotiate alimony payments to last for a specific time period. They also can be indefinite. Georgia courts are less likely to order alimony for life these days.

What happens if my spouse or I don't pay alimony on time?

In Georgia, failure to pay spousal support can result in civil or criminal contempt of court. Also, if the court issues a judgment, you may go after their income or property. The non-paying spouse may go to jail for not paying alimony.


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