Will My Wife Get Lifetime Alimony?

Posted by William H. Sherman on Aug 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Question: I'm worried that my wife might get lifetime alimony.  We have been married for 26 years.  I work in Atlanta for a major consulting firm.  I travel a lot for work, oftentimes spending weeks at a time on the West Coast or overseas.  But the money is good and I have always bought my wife nice things.

We have three children in private schools.  We live in Johns Creek.  I got served with divorce papers 4 days ago and I'm pretty much stunned.  My wife always said I was cheap and we have had issues but I thought that if I bought her what she wanted it would work out.  She likes clothes, jewelry and nice restaurants.

My wife has never worked.  We got married after I graduated from Auburn and she graduated from Clemson.  She was a cheerleader for the football team.  I played some ball for Auburn.

Recently she noticed some text messages form a neighbor and now she thinks I'm having an affair.  I wouldn't call it an affair but we are really close friends who like to share pictures.

I just need to know if she can get lifetime alimony.  I know some states don't have lifetime alimony and some states do.  Also, if she remarries, will the alimony end?  That's all I need to know.

Answer: While the trend nationally disfavors lifetime alimony, in Georgia, in certain cases, lifetime alimony is awarded.  If someone receiving lifetime alimony remarries, then it should stop.  Lifetime alimony, although uncommon, is sometimes awarded.

Generally, it is awarded to a longtime spouse who has not been in the workforce for years and the couple is usually affluent.   There are many issues involved with lifetime alimony.  Please call us to discuss in detail your specific situation.

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