When a celebrity couple gets divorced, the details of their settlement often make headlines. Take Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, for example. You may have heard through the grapevine that Mr. Banderas will be paying Ms. Griffith $65,000 per month in alimony, also known as “spousal support”. You may be wondering where on earth that number came from and, certainly if you are contemplating divorce yourself, you are probably wondering what you may be entitled to or required to pay.
Alimony, or spousal support, was a concept originally implemented when employment options for women were more limited. After a divorce, men were responsible for their ex-wives support. Now, alimony in Georgia and other states is maintained to protect economic fairness in the event of divorce. Understanding how alimony in Georgia is awarded and what types are available is important when discussing divorce proceedings.
Do you want a real estate attorney or a first-year attorney handling your divorce? Would you let your dentist perform heart surgery on you? Would you want a first-year heart surgeon doing the surgery? The answers to all of these questions are likely “no.”
The economy has had a devastating impact to many areas of our society and the legal field has not been immune. Many attorneys have seen a substantial decline in their area of practice. For example, at the peak of the real estate boom, there were thousands of busy real estate attorneys conducting real estate closings. However, in recent years, real estate closings are down significantly. Many of these attorneys were either terminated from their firm or experienced a significant decrease in work. In addition, many non-lawyers who lost their jobs in other fields went to law school. These recent law school graduates are now entering the work force.