Alimony is payment by one spouse to the other for support and maintenance. Georgia courts may grant alimony to either party on a temporary or permanent basis. The amount and duration of alimony is based on a number of factors but generally upon the needs of the spouse receiving and the ability of the other spouse to pay. Courts have broad discretion in determining both the amount and duration.
Georgia courts do not favor either parent when determining custody and visitation. Rather, courts rely on the “best interest of the child” standard, which can include a number of factors. Courts frequently appoint a Guardian ad Litem who advocates for the child’s best interest to investigate into the life of the child and provide a recommendation to the courts.
Georgia’s child support law requires consideration of the gross income of both parents when determining child support obligations. In application, Georgia courts require both parents to financially support their minor child. Courts rely on calculations that are based on a standardized formula to determine the amount of obligations. The accuracy and full disclosure of the financial information of the parties are essential to calculate fair amounts.
Petitioning for or responding to a divorce or separate maintenance is a complex process. Very few couples are able to agree on all the issues regarding the dissolution of a marriage. Others are able to reach partial agreements. The rest are unable to agree on many of the issues and require the courts to intervene. Regardless of your circumstance, the Law Office of Carol Minn Vacca will advocate for you and help you navigate through your particular set of issues, including the following:
When a child is born to parents who are not married, issues of parental rights and responsibilities may arise. Georgia courts address these issues through a process of legitimation or paternity.
When a party willfully fails to comply with a court order, the remedy is an action for contempt. If a court finds a party in contempt, the court can require the offending party to comply with the order, face incarceration and/or pay the other party’s attorney’s fees. Contempt actions are normally heard by the same judge who granted the final judgment.