When one spouse loses a job during divorce proceedings in Georgia, financial decisions can become very complicated. The first thing the court will want to know is the cause of the job loss. Spouses who lose their job due to layoffs, meaning they are not at fault, will likely be treated favorably by the court. Spouses who get fired for negligence or incompetence may not get any relief in financial responsibilities from the court.
Spouses who lose their job need to be diligent when it comes to finding new employment in order to prove to the court that they are attempting to uphold their financial responsibilities. They should keep detailed records of their activities, including interviews, appointments and time spent networking or searching. This is not a time to go back to school or switch careers as the court will look down on parties who don't attempt to make the same earnings.
The other spouse in a divorce involving a job loss needs to be realistic about the financial responsibilities of their ex-partner. While no person should short-change themselves, they may need to be willing to negotiate on things like alimony and child support so that the spouse who lost their job can actually fulfill their financial obligations. If there is a suspicion that one spouse is hiding a source of income, an investigation may need to be done.
In the event that one spouse loses their job during a divorce, an attorney may help make the situation a bit easier. A lawyer representing a spouse who lost their job may help the court, or mediator, understand the difficult financial situation their client faces. The lawyer representing the other party is responsible for making sure that the spouse who lost their job is being honest about their income.