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Should you ask for spousal support?

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2023 | Family Law

Spousal support is financial assistance provided by one spouse to the other after divorce, and it can play a significant role in ensuring a fair and equitable resolution. Should you ask for spousal support in your divorce?

There are a few factors to consider as you decide.

Financial need

If you or your spouse is financially disadvantaged and the divorce is likely to result in an unfair economic burden, spousal support may be necessary to maintain a reasonable standard of living.

Length of the marriage

In many jurisdictions, long-term marriages often result in higher spousal support awards. Short-term marriages may lead to limited or no support.

Income disparity

If there is a significant disparity in income, it may justify seeking spousal support. This is especially important if one spouse sacrificed their career to support the other’s professional growth during the marriage.

Future financial prospects

Consider your long-term financial prospects and how spousal support might impact your future. If you anticipate a significant improvement in your financial situation in the near future, it might impact your decision.

According to the Georgia Sun, more than 11% of adults in Georgia filed for divorce. As you navigate your case, consider your financial position carefully. Ultimately, spousal support provides you with financial stability and fairness during and after a divorce. So, while it may not be appropriate in every case, it can be a valuable tool to help you achieve a just and equitable resolution as you transition into the next chapter of your life.