Getting divorced is complicated. The couple is forced to address a number of different issues that may be contested. One issue that is frequently disputed in Georgia divorces is that of alimony. There are so many factors that are considered when determining whether an alimony award is even necessary, how long it should last, and which spouse should be obligated to pay. In a lot of situations, one of the spouses in the marriage is financially dependent on the other. When the couple gets divorced, the spouse that financially supported the dependent spouse during the marriage may be ordered to continue providing financial support even after the divorce. If one party is dependent on the other, the courts may rule that the financially independent spouse has to provide pendente lite alimony so the proceedings can commence without fear the dependent spouse will not be able to get the divorce they need. A pendente lite award is simply a temporary alimony arrangement that occurs during the divorce proceedings. However, once the divorce is finalized, the alimony obligation may be modified or even terminated.
There are two types of alimony in Georgia. Permanent alimony simply means that the judge will not set an end date when issuing the order. Even though it is called permanent, there are ways that the obligation can come to an end if the court eventually decides it is necessary. This is typically the option granted when the dependent spouse has little prospect of ever being able to financially support themselves.
Temporary alimony, on the other hand, is much more common. The court will determine an end date for this type of alimony when it is ordered. It exists to help the dependent party become financially independent.
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