Some divorces in Georgia involve court-ordered alimony that is paid monthly or in a lump sum. While some people view alimony as unfair to the paying spouse, others see that alimony can be necessary when one spouse earns far less income than the other spouse.
Courts consider many different factors when determining whether a spouse will be required to make alimony payments after a divorce. Judges look at the incomes of both spouses to determine whether the higher-earning spouse can afford to make payments and whether the lower-earning spouse needs financial support. The length of the marriage will be a factor as will the age and health of the recipient spouse.