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Good morning. I certainly understand your situation and concern. Alimony may be awarded in accordance with the needs of the party seeking alimony, and the ability of the other party to pay. The following shall be considered in determining the amount of alimony, if any, to be awarded:
[Based on Georgia Code - Sections: 19-6-1 and 19-6-5]
One of the things which the Judge is going to look at, is the length of the marriage. Seeing how it was only for a period of 9 months, the Judge may not be so inclined to order any alimony, unless she can show a basis for it. It appears as though she is looking for some type of lump sum payment, to try and punish you in some way but there may not be a basis for the Judge to award it, since you were only married for such a short period of time, unless she can show her life changed and things were given up, when she married you. Of course, you can contest it and place the burden on her, to show the things listed above. At the same time, you and her can reach a settlement, if you are comfortable with it and think it is in your best interest.
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