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Unless both partners earned the exact same salaries during a marriage and have identical earning potentials following a divorce, the break-up of a marriage usually leaves one party less well-off than the other. Alimony, also known as spousal support, is intended to provide some financial equity following a divorce and limit any unfair economic effects of a divorce. The stay-at-home spouse, who received no salary for his or her hard work in supporting the working spouse, typically is the recipient of alimony from the family’s former breadwinner. Now that many households have two working spouses, especially in large cities such as Atlanta, spousal support is less clearly defined.

There are several different types of spousal support and a wide variety of ways it can be calculated and paid out. As a result of the myriad of ways alimony can be calculated, it helps to rely on the expertise of an Atlanta Family Law attorney when seeking alimony.

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Calculating Alimony: How Courts Decide

Getting a divorce is an expensive process. Then you throw in calculating alimony, which means one person is still making payments after the divorce is settled.

How much is alimony in general? It's hard to put a number on it since there are a lot of factors that go into the decision.

Courts want to make sure that everything from the marriage is fairly divided. Alimony is designed to compensate a spouse for intangible contributions that can't be split.

Careful: Child Support May Affect Your Taxes

After a divorce in which the couple has children, it's almost a guarantee that someone is going to be paying child support. So how are you supposed to declare that on your taxes?

If you're the non-custodial parent, you probably aren't claiming the child as your dependent on your tax return, unless your court documents explicitly state that you are. But you're still contributing to your child financially. Shouldn't you get a tax break too?

The short answer is yes. The long answer is that you're going to have to read the fine print.

Zooey Deschanel, star of Fox's "New Girl," is about to start her new life. After three years of marriage, Deschanel and her musician husband Ben Gibbard are throwing in the towel, TMZ reports.

Deschanel originally filed for divorce nearly a year ago, citing the classic "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split. Just last week, a judge signed off on the divorce decree, finalizing the break up.

Life in the fast lane has apparently taken its toll on Danica Patrick's marriage.

On Tuesday, the NASCAR driver announced that she and her husband Paul Hospenthal are divorcing after seven years of marriage, The Washington Post reports.

Depending on whether there was a prenup, Hospenthal could walk away with a chunk of Patrick's winnings and endorsement money.

Divorce can lead to some pretty unfair outcomes. For instance, a stay-at-home mom may lack the skills to support herself once her marriage falls apart. In general, spousal support, aka alimony, is intended to correct these kinds of unfair economic effects.

However, the road to obtaining alimony can be a bit tricky. That's why we created the FindLaw Guide to Spousal Support. The guide is completely free and will help you on your way to obtaining alimony.

Below, we've covered just a few of the areas detailed in the guide.

Gold diggers (real or percived) come in all shapes and sizes. Mexican pop star Paulina Rubio filed for divorce from her husband, Nicolas Vallejo-Najera, back in March. In his response, Vallejo-Najera requested spousal support.

However, the singer isn't having it. Rubio has filed documents asking a judge to deny Vallejo-Najera's request for alimony, TMZ reports. She claims her estranged husband has the skills and education to support himself, but is simply being lazy.

Tony Award winner and "Roots" star Ben Vereen has filed for divorce from his wife of 36 years, TMZ reports.

Vereen got his start on Broadway playing lead roles in "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Pippin." However, he's probably best known for his role as Chicken George in the TV miniseries based on Alex Haley's "Roots."

Court Grants Pilar Sanders Child Support but not Alimony

Pilar Sanders is finally getting some good news. Lately, things have not going that well for her. After being arrested for allegedly barging into her ex-husband’s home, the court gave ex-husband Deion Sanders a restraining order against her.

But now, the same court is saying that Deion must pay Pilar child support, legal fees and mortgage payments.

Financial Affidavits: 3 Things to Know if You're Going Through a Divorce

What is a financial affidavit and what do you need to know about them if you're going through a divorce?

If you haven't already fallen asleep at the word "financial affidavit," we'll try to make the process bearable here. Forbes recently talked about the financial affidavit in terms of what women need to know about these documents. We'll break down some of those concepts and make them as painless as we can.

Is Alimony Tax Deductible? Yes, But ...

In general, alimony (or spousal support) refers to payments from one spouse to another following a divorce or separation. Alimony is not a requirement of a divorce, and it is up to the judge to determine whether alimony is needed on a case by case basis.

Did you know, that in most situations, alimony is tax deductible for the person paying the alimony and is classified as taxable income for the person receiving the alimony payments, report FindLaw’s experts? This is why alimony guidelines suggest that you keep records of all payments and acceptance of alimony.