How Many Years of Marriage Qualify You for Alimony?

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Alimony is meant to equalize the standard of living between the two spouses after the marriage when one has more resources and means to earn money than the other. This can be temporary or permanent, depending on the situation. The duration of the marriage is one factor in whether a spouse can receive alimony, but it is far from the only factor. There is a list of factors that the court will analyze in an alimony decision.

The court will consider the length of the marriage. However, there is no one “magic number” that would determine whether alimony is granted. Longer marriages would influence a judge’s decision, and the court would usually not grant alimony for a very short union. A longer marriage could set the conditions for a disparity in earnings power that requires alimony. In a shorter marriage, the couple may not have had enough time to make decisions that could create a financial gap between the two spouses.

Everything Depends on the Circumstances

However, there are circumstances in which a spouse could receive alimony, even for a shorter marriage. For example, if the couple had children quickly and one spouse left their job to raise the child, the spouse who stopped working may have an alimony case. The court will consider the unique circumstances of an individual situation rather than making bright-line rules. The length of the marriage can also be a factor in determining how much alimony is ordered.

Georgia Family Law Attorneys

Moffitt Law PLLC can help if you are in the process of divorce or are considering your legal options. Contact our family lawyers online or call us at (762) 212-3951 for advice during this crucial time in your life.

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Will my divorce case go to court?

Most divorce cases will settle before they reach a hearing.

Does a judge need to order alimony?

The two spouses can agree to alimony in the marital settlement agreement.

Will I still get alimony if I get remarried?

No. Alimony ends when a spouse gets remarried.

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