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Alimony Attorney in Jackson County

Sometimes referred to as spousal support or spousal maintenance, alimony is designed to ensure a level of economic fairness in divorce. Contrary to popular belief, it is not awarded in every case. Alimony is likely to be awarded in situations where one spouse earns income and the other does not, or when both parties work but there is a large disparity in incomes.

Whether you are obligated to pay alimony or believe you are entitled to receive it, reach out to me, attorney John Terry Brown, for assistance. I have handled family law issues for clients in and around Commerce, Athens, Gainesville and across northern Georgia since 1992. I can help you understand your rights with respect to alimony, child support and all other aspects of your divorce.

Georgia Alimony Basics

A family court judge in Georgia may require alimony to be paid while the divorce proceedings are progress. This is known as temporary alimony. Once the divorce is finalized, alimony may be awarded for a specific period of time. Only in rare cases is alimony permanent.

Alimony is designed to be rehabilitative, which means it is supposed to give the recipient spouse the ability to make ends meet and have a reasonable standard of living while he or she looks for a job or obtains education or training to improve job skills.

Determining Eligibility for Alimony

Before awarding alimony, courts will determine whether one spouse truly has a financial need and whether the other has the ability to pay. As a Commerce spousal support lawyer, it is my job to advocate for my client, whether he or she is paying or receiving, which entails showing the judge financial need or ability to pay. Some of the factors that are considered in this decision are:

  • The earning capacity of each spouse
  • The standard of living established during the marriage
  • Each spouse's contributions to the marriage, which can include sacrificing a career in order to raise children
  • The age of each spouse
  • The outcome of the property division phase of divorce

The decisions made in a divorce will impact your life, your possessions and the future of your family. I understand that at my firm. It is why I work hard every day to aggressively serve my clients' interests in negotiation or litigation.

I am divorce attorney John Terry Brown. At the Brown Law Office, LLC, in Commerce, Georgia, I utilize my decades of experience in family law to protect the rights of area clients in both contested and uncontested divorces. Contact me to schedule a meeting to discuss your case.

A Trusted Advocate for Commerce and Northeast Georgia Clients

Spousal Support Lawyer in Commerce, Georgia

Brown Law Office, LLC
7 State Street
Commerce, GA 30529
Phone: 706-335-6800
Fax: 706-335-2661

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Commerce, Georgia 30529

Based in Commerce, Georgia, John Terry Brown, Attorney at Law serves clients throughout Northeastern Georgia, including Commerce, Jefferson,Toccoa, Danielsville, Carnesville, Clarkesville, Cornelia, Lawrenceville, Hartwell, Lavonia, Royston, Winder, Homer, Maysville, Nicholson, Madison County, Jackson County, Franklin County, Banks County, Gwinnett County, Barrow County, Hart County, Habersham County and Stephens County.