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Alimony Is Gender Neutral

In the state of Georgia alimony is defined under O.C.G.A §19-6-1 as an allowance out of one party’s estate, made for the support of the other party when living separately. In determining alimony, the court will look at factors such as the length of the marriage, both spouse’s financial resources, time necessary for the supported spouse to acquire sufficient training and each spouse’s contribution to the marriage. The law does not specify a particular gender required in order to be a recipient of alimony.

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in 1979 that alimony is gender neutral. This means that it is the law of the land that courts must consider men equally eligible to receive alimony as that of women. Despite this fact, there are several women that are surprised to learn that they may have to support their soon to be ex-spouse after their marriage ends. The traditional societal expectations about the role of men as the breadwinners of the household are the primary blame for the shock when we hear about alimony being awarded to men. Fortunately, these traditional societal expectations are being met with real world working scenarios where women are the primary breadwinners in some households. In fact, a 2019 census study revealed that half of United States households are actually being headed by women. Some notable examples of women ordered to pay alimony to an ex-spouse due to their high income and earning potential are Halle Berry and Mary J Blige.

Each case involving a request for alimony in a divorce is different. The court will look at the above-mentioned factors to determine what is equitable and rule accordingly. The Faucette Law Firm, LLC handles all aspects of divorce and family law including contested and uncontested divorce, child support, child custody, modifications, adoptions and spousal support. We will review your case, provide all of your legal options and guide you through the legal process. If you are considering a divorce involving a request for alimony contact our law office today for a consultation.