Alimony

Alimony is never a guarantee in Georgia. The Court will look at many different factors to determine whether or not alimony should be awarded. Alimony can be awarded as periodic payments or as a lump sum. Our firm is experienced in determining whether alimony is appropriate, for how long it should be paid and how much should be paid.

Contempt for Failure to Pay Alimony

There are times where one party ordered to pay alimony has stopped doing so. If this happens then you may find yourself in a position where you need to file a Motion for Contempt in order to obtain the monies owed to you. If you are forced to file a Motion for Contempt you may also be able to recover attorney’s fees from your former spouse if it can be proven that your former spouse willfully violated the Courts Order requiring the alimony payment. On the other hand, you may find yourself defending such a motion for contempt. In either situation, our attorney can assist you.

Motion to Terminate Alimony

Typically, alimony terminates on a specific date as outlined in final divorce documents. However, there are times when the Court can order termination of the alimony prior to the expiration outlined in the final divorce decree. Among other reasons, alimony can be terminated if the recipient dies or remarries or if the recipient engages in a meretricious relationship.

Motion to Modify Alimony

Georgia law recognizes two types of alimony, lump sum and periodic alimony. Periodic alimony may be subject to modification. Alimony can potentially increase or decrease depending on the financial circumstances of the parties. If the parties are unable to agree to a change in alimony, then the parties will be forced to go to court and have the judge decide whether or not the alimony should be modified.

If you find yourself needing to talk to one of our experienced family law attorneys regarding alimony issues or concerns, contact our legal team at Thompson, Meier & King, serving Canton, Cherokee County and the surrounding north Georgia area.

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