The issue with him on SSI and you a nurse may be whether he may get alimony from you (he is allowed almost no work income on SSI so that part of your post needs explanation) You need a lawyer. A court will also have decide custody, visitation and support. Since he left the kids with you, child support, not alimony, is the immediate concern for you.
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Many more questions need to be answers and you really need to sit down with an attorney so that he or she can look at all relevant factors to properly advise you.
The Ga Code (Section 19-6-5) allows a judge (or jury) to grant permanent alimony to either party, based on one party's need and the other party's ability to pay. In making the determination about an amount of alimony, if any, to be awarded to the requesting party, the Court (or jury) will look at certain factors, like the duration of your marriage, the standard of living established during the marriage, your ages and physical and emotional condition, your respective financial resources, the time necessary (if appropriate) for you each to complete your education, your respective contributions to the marriage, including services rendered in caring for children, your financial condition (yours and his, including any separate estate, earning capacity, and fixed liabilities), and any other factors the judge or jury deem relevant. The questions in your case are many, beginning with whether you have a need and your husband has an ability to pay. If the answer is that he does (which is not indicated by your post), then the Court (or jury) would look at these other factors and make a determination about what amount of alimony, if any, is appropriate. If your husband is on disability and not earning an income, he might be requesting alimony from you.
Your husband will be required, if you are granted custody, to pay you child support, but the amount of support for your three children will be determined by the Georgia child support guidelines.
Sometimes courts impute income, meaning that in calculating income, a higher salary will be used for the obligor parent (the one who will be paying support) than he or she actually makes. Income is imputed in cases in which, for example, a parent is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed.
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