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Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Kelli Byers Hooper with KBH Law, Inc.
After a divorce, many legal aspects and procedures are flexible in terms of modifications. Life situations can change after a divorce is finalized. The law provides a way for individuals to ensure that life does move smoothly, especially in situations involving children. Long story short, in Georgia, you can modify alimony. You just have to go through the appropriate steps to do so.
Georgia law permits alimony modifications for two reasons:
Keep in mind that alimony simply means spousal support, funds directly sent to an individual for the purposes of quality of living. A partnership that is severed may result in issues regarding financial stability, and by law if it’s necessary, one spouse who couldn’t reasonably function without the other may be entitled to some support.
If that one former spouse then cohabitates with another individual, the reasonable assumption is that there is some support occurring in that environment, which may constitute a modification of alimony—in other words, the former spouse may no longer need the financial assistance. According to legal rhetoric, attorneys refer to it as the live in lover law.
Likewise, if there is a financial change in the one former spouse providing alimony, that could constitute a modification given the circumstances. Perhaps a lay-off occurred. Income won’t be the same; it would require a petition that would limit spousal support or even halt it entirely. The same would apply vice versa as well in a couple scenarios, such as the receiving former spouse obtaining a job with a high enough salary to support the cost of living, and that may also constitute a modification of alimony.
Regardless of the situation, there are specific requirements to meet.
Here are the steps:
Attorney fees tend to be awarded by the presiding court to the prevailing party in a legal matter of alimony modification, so also make note of that. As simple of a process as it is, oftentimes there may be disputes, so it would be in your best interest to have an attorney on your side.
Written on behalf of Kelli Hooper by AskTheLawyers.com™.
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