When many people think of word “support” in divorce, they immediately think of money.
Yet, Merriam-Webster defines “support,” in part:
The divorce process includes provisions for both parents to support their children financially. Yet, when one household becomes two, resources must stretch further than before. Both parents may now need to compromise and possibly sacrifice for the sake of the innocents in this process. It’s true that child-rearing takes a village, but no one should ever depend on someone else to teach or give their children love, attention, morals or life’s basic necessities. If we are parents, we are obligated to our children.
Throughout the course of a relationship, there is often one primary bread-winner or provider for the family; the person who contributes the most financially. During divorce, as each person is trying to distance themselves from the other, the idea of continuing the relationship through alimony payments can be difficult to accept. Conversely, some see potential alimony as an “easy way out” from having to work or a good way to “milk the ex.” While spousal support laws differ from state to state, each court has a system and standards for how alimony will be paid and for how long. Expending too much time and too many resources trying to “beat the system” is rarely worth the cost in the end.
This month’s expert articles discuss some common child and spousal support issues*, tax effects and consequences when dealing with alimony, and how mediation might be an effective way for both sides to work cooperatively and achieve the best solution relating to support issues.
Divorce is always a difficult process, no matter how amicable it might be. We hope this blog will help you navigate some of these more contentious issues and make the most of whatever support obligation you end up paying or receiving.
Wishing you health and happiness in whatever chapter of your life you find yourself in today!
*Guest expert articles are based on Georgia State Statutes and laws often differ from state to state. Be sure to consult with an expert in your jurisdiction.