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Divorce

Five Financial Mistakes to Avoid During the Divorce Process

You set out to have an “amicable” divorce; you talk to friends, to colleagues and even to the clergy and “thought” you were prepared.  But this is an extremely emotional time and it is easy to overlook financial details that could affect you for years after your divorce. Here are the top five financial mistakes made by divorcing parents, along with advice on…

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What Can I Expect at My Divorce Hearing?

All Georgia divorce decrees must address important issues such as property and debt division, alimony, and, if you and your spouse have children together, child custody, access or visitation, and child support, among other issues. If you and your spouse cannot agree on one or more of these issues, your divorce becomes contested and can…

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Commonly Asked Questions About Divorce

While no two divorces are exactly the same, individuals who are facing a divorce may be unaware of a number of common characteristics that most divorces share. What follows is a short list of common questions that our Georgia law firm often receives from our divorce clients: Do I need a certain reason to get…

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Is There Anything Else That I Need to Do After My Divorce is Final?

Once the dust has settled and the judge has signed your divorce decree, you may be tempted to breathe a sigh of relief that you no longer have to deal with your ex-spouse or any of the issues that were dealt with in your divorce. However, it is rarely that simple to resolve all divorce-related…

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How to Tell Your Children that You’re Getting Divorced

There is no easy way to break it to your children that you and your spouse are planning to separate or divorce. Your children are likely to react negatively to the news, no matter how appropriate or justified the divorce may be. Regardless of the situation, you are introducing a life-changing event for your child…

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Factors to Consider in a Military Divorce Case

Military divorces in the state of Georgia can be complex and involve issues that are simply not present or applicable in a regular civilian divorce.  There are various federal laws that apply only to active duty military members in the context of a divorce, and you will need the assistance of a qualified Georgia military…

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Who Pays for a Georgia Divorce?

As a general rule, parties in a Georgia divorce are responsible for their own attorneys’ fees.  In many cases, however, one spouse will ask the court to order the other spouse to pay his or her attorneys’ fees.  When this occurs, it is totally up to the judge to decide if one spouse should pay…

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How Does Divorce Affect My Social Security Benefits?

As divorce rates for older Americans continue to rise, Social Security benefits often become an issue in the parties’ divorce proceedings. Divorce can have significant effects on any Social Security benefits that you receive, both now and in the future. For example, an individual who was married for at least 10 years, who is unmarried,…

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Will I Have to Go to Court for My Divorce?

It is not always necessary for you and your spouse to go to court if you want to get divorced.  Whether or not you must appear in front of a judge depends on whether you and your spouse are able to come to an agreement on all issues related to your divorce, including matters related…

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Baby Boomers and High-Asset Divorces

Twenty years ago, a divorce involving a person over the age of 50 was rare. Today, however, one in four people who are divorced are age 50 or older.  The divorce rate for this demographic has doubled.  As life spans have increased and divorce has become more culturally acceptable, the growth in divorce rates for…

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