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Georgia Divorce Support


Georgia divorce support or as matter of fact divorce support to all the states in United States is decided by the court as per the state statutes. If there is no pre-nuptial agreement between the spouses regarding the divorce support the family court has the complete discretion in deciding on the issues related to the divorce support. Spousal support, child support or the distribution of property all these that are the part of the Georgia divorce support is decided by the court on the basis if the circumstances that are unique for each parties and hence the decision also differs from case to case.

Georgia spousal support–

Spousal support is ordered in favor of the financially weaker spouse who is not capable of maintaining himself or herself independently. Either of the spouses can apply for spousal support in the court along with the evidences while applying for the divorce. It is then the court’s discretion to award the spousal support and the court also decides on the nature of the support and the amount to be paid on the basis of the Georgia Code - Sections: 19-5-5. For deciding on the spousal support the court considers the following aspects.
  • Age and health of the spouses.
  • Length of the marriage.
  • Reason of the divorce.
  • Standard of living during the marriage.
  • Earning potential of both the spouses.
Georgia child support –

Child support is to be paid by the non custodial parent of the child for rearing of the minor children. In Georgia the issue of the child support is settled by the court as per the Georgia Code - Sections: 19-5-12, 19-6-14 and 19-6-15. In Georgia the amount of the child support is decided by the Percentage of Income formula. In this process the percentage of the non custodial parent is applied to the number of children eligible to get the support.

GA property distribution in divorce -

If an amicable settlement regarding the distribution of property is not possible between the parties and there is no agreement for dividing the property the court then distributes the marital properties of the spouses as per the Georgia Code - Sections: 19-5-13. Georgia being an "equitable distribution" state, the marital properties are distributed by the court equitably. Equitable distribution is not equal distribution of the properties rather it is a fair way of dividing the properties between the parties. While dividing the properties the duration of the marriage, earning, age and health of the parties and financial condition of the spouses are considered by the court.

Divorce is emotionally as well as physically tiring process for the persons going through the legal process. Therefore the court always makes sure that at least the financial security of the separating spouses can be ensured through the divorce support arrangements. Therefore, while deciding on the Georgia divorce support the courts always make sure that both the spouse get equal share of benefits and responsibilities according to their capacity.


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