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if spouse do not work
how much is she intitled too?
Asked on May 11, 2018 under Family Law, Georgia
M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 4 years ago | Contributor
You don't give much by way of details. However, judges rarely force a stay-at-home spouse to find employment while a divorce is still pending. Generally, a couple’s financial status quo is maintained during this time. Accordingly, the earning spouse must continue paying the mortgage and other bills belonging to the “marital estate". If a spouse doesn't have a job, the court will most typically order temporary or “pendente lite” spousal support during this period, so that the non-working spouse can purchase groceries and take care of their necessary personal expenses. However, financial support from an ex-spouse after a divorce is not a right, generally it depends on why the spouse is unemployed. If they have never worked and have no job skills, the court is more likely to order spousal support. If such a spouse is relatively young, a judge might order temporary support or "rehabilitative" alimony to extend a few years after the divorce so as to provide the spouse with an income long enough to allow them to go back to school or otherwise obtain employable skills. If they do have job skills but haven’t used them because the other spouse's income was enough so that do they you didn’t have to work, temorary support provides them with an income until they can find a job in their field. Typically, long-term or permanent alimony/spousal support is reserved for older spouses following a marriages of 10 or more years. It generally lasts until they remarry or the paying spouse dies.
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