3 Common Questions About Alimony in Georgia

Potentially paying or receiving alimony is a factor that simply cannot be ignored. For many people during divorce proceedings, alimony is a post-divorce payment that is designed to help support a financially disadvantaged spouse. This is something we advise all of our clients to be aware of during their divorce. However, alimony is a complex matter and each state has their own laws regarding how it may work. That’s why the family law experts here at Oxendine Law have taken some time to answer a few common questions on alimony in Georgia.

Question #1: How are the amounts of alimony payments determined?

While some people believe that there is a standard amount for all alimony payments, this is not the case. The amount that a spouse owes in alimony following their divorce depends on several factors related to their marriage. These factors include the standard of living established during the marriage, how long the marriage lasted, the financial wellbeing of both spouses, contributions made by each party during the marriage including homemaking and child care, and much more.

Questions #2: Are alimony payments tax deductible?

Alimony payments used to be tax deductible, but this is no longer the case. As of January, 2019, changes to the tax code passed by the US Congress have made it so alimony payments can no longer be deducted during tax season. However, we still strongly recommend keeping all records of previously made and received alimony payments.

Questions #3: How are alimony payments enforced?

If alimony payments are not made, the accrued debt by the owing spouse is known as alimony arrears. These debts can be collected through a subsequent contempt action and are subject to wage garnishment through an Income Deduction Order. Failure to make court-issued alimony payments can also result in a the payor having to pay the attorney’s fees for enforcing the Court Order.

If you’re curious or concerned about alimony and what it could mean during your divorce, we highly recommend reaching out to the experienced family law professionals here at Oxendine Law. Our spousal support experts are available to discuss your options and help you understand everything you’ll need to know to get the best-possible result. For more information, or if you need assistance with anything relating to family law, contact Oxendine Law at (770) 497-8688 today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for additional information and updates.