In light of multiple states considering reforming how alimony payments are determined, Georgia couples should be made aware how proposed changes may unnecessarily harm one of the involved parties. The reason some state lawmakers are considering changes to spousal support laws is that they believe at a certain point the individual paying alimony has contributed their fair share and should be freed from their obligation. While this may seem somewhat practical, the consequences could unfairly hurt one member of the couple, most likely the divorcing wife.

Often one member of member of a family makes educational and career sacrifices to help the couple take care of their affairs in the home. Traditionally, it has been a woman's role to make these sacrifices if the husband is earning more money. The sacrifices a woman might make to ensure the comfort and success of the man at work cannot be understated or forgotten in alimony negotiations.

For a person that has built a life outside of the working world, it is often difficult to adjust for life after their marriage by going back to school or getting a higher paying job. That is why alimony is usually determined at a level that balances any difference in income earned by spouses.

Couples usually work with each other to build their life as a couple. No matter what each individual decides to do to support each other, the fact is that both contribute something to their livelihood. Even though traditional gender roles might be changing, it is still most often the female spouse that makes sacrifices. If financial support for a divorced woman suddenly stops, it will be hard for her to maintain her livelihood.

Source: Forbes, "Alimony Reforms Continue to Create More Uncertainty for Divorcing Women," Jeff Landers, Jan. 18, 2012