If you earned less than your spouse over the duration of your marriage or you did not work for a large portion of your marriage, the prospect of divorce could be frightening. As the lesser-earning spouse, you may have serious concerns about your financial stability after the process is finalized.

Georgia readers may know that while the end of a marriage will bring certain financial changes to your life, it is possible that you could have a rightful claim to alimony. You could receive alimony, also called spousal support, through either a court order or a financial agreement reached as part of the final divorce order. You may find it beneficial to seek an understanding of your options and how you can protect your financial interests in a divorce.

Providing the financial support you need after divorce

The purpose of alimony is to ensure that one party does not remain in an unfair financial position after divorce. Whether you stayed home to raise children or gave up your career for another reason, you have the right to a sense of stability and security. Alimony should limit the negative financial impact of your divorce, but the amount that you could receive depends on several factors, including the following:

  • How long you were married to your spouse
  • How long you need to go to school and find a job that can sustain your lifestyle
  • The standard of living you and your spouse maintained while you were married
  • Your physical ability to work and support yourself
  • Your spouse’s ability to pay while still providing for his or her own household

There is no guarantee that you will receive alimony, but you have the right to pursue the financial support you deserve. You can build and present a strong case, validating your claim to support, even if your spouse disputes your need for it.

Fighting for the post-divorce future you deserve

During a divorce, your future interests are on the line. If you believe that you could have a claim to spousal support, you may find it beneficial to seek a complete evaluation of your case. This step will help you understand your options and identify the best course of action for you.

The financial decisions you make during divorce will impact your future for years to come. You do not have to settle for less or blindly agree to a settlement before you fully understand your rights and the alimony to which you could have a rightful claim.