Divorce can be a frightening prospect, particularly for couples who have been married for a long time. Even if you become unhappy in your marriage, the routine of it all can feel comfortable and safe. You may find yourself thinking that perhaps the known evils of an unhappy marriage are preferable to the unknown possibilities of a post-divorce life. Georgia residents should know that they aren't alone, and there are plenty of places for you to find comfort and support to help you make the right decision.
Most Georgians embark on the journey of marriage with the hope they can stay together happily with their spouses for years to come. However, things change. Jobs are lost and gained; children are born, grow up and move out; and spouses' preferred lifestyles can change, too.
As Clark Kent on the popular television show "Smallville," Tom Welling played a hero, but in real life he must face the fact that he can't save everything. Although it may be easy to make light of the fact that the actor who played Superman is getting a divorce, he and his wife are going through a very important time in their respective lives. Ending a marriage, even a marriage without children, such as theirs, can be difficult, emotional and stressful, especially without sound legal advice.
Any of our Georgia readers who follow this blog will know that gray divorce, or divorce over the age of 50, is up. There are likely many people in Atlanta who are seeing long-time couples divorcing after 20, 30 or more years together. At the same time, divorce at such an age can be a financial burden on some people, especially if they will lose their health insurance because of the divorce. Some couples have worked around that through the use of unique family law tools that allow them to go their separate ways while still keeping both spouses able to insure themselves.
Although some people in Georgia may assume that a divorce between two people who have no children will be easy, the situation can still be quite complex. Take, for example, actress Jane Lynch and her wife of three years: the wife has recently filed paperwork requesting $93,809 in spousal support each month, which adds up to more than $1.1 million a year. Though most people in Georgia won't necessarily be asking for such high amounts in alimony, the concept is very much the same.
The initial reason behind alimony was that when a woman was married, it was expected that she would no longer work outside the home, and that her husband was responsible for all of her financial needs. If the couple were to divorce, the man would be able to continue earning a living, but the woman would be left without any financial means. By forcing the man to pay alimony to his ex-wife, the negative impact would be lessened for the woman.