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Gay Marriage is Legal in the State of Georgia, but Are You Actually Married?

In the State of Georgia, gay marriage was not recognized as legal until after the United States Supreme Court decisions of United States v. Windsor (2013), and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), decisions. These, in total, struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, 28 U.S.C. 1738C, that had enabled the State of Georgia to not recognize…

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When Does My Child Support Obligation End in the State of Georgia?

Most child support orders specify that child support shall continue until the age of 18, unless the child has not graduated from high school; in that case it would continue until the child graduates but not past the child’s 20th birthday.  Simple enough, right?  Not really.  The State of Georgia has a very specific statutory…

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Is Footage Recorded on a “Nanny Cam” Admissible as Evidence?

For divorce, child custody, paternity and legitimation cases in Georgia, nanny cam footage is likely NOT admissible as evidence, and here’s why:  such recordings are lawful only if you own the property and use the cameras, microphones, etc., for security purposes, crime prevention or crime detection. A nanny cam is placed to provide security and crime…

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Is Keeping the Peace over the Holidays a Battle with Your Ex-Spouse?

The holiday season is fast approaching and with it comes the excitement and stress of gift buying, decorating, and increased family and social gatherings.  The kids get excited with Halloween and everything ramps up from there! As parents, we can’t help but get excited for our children, even as our workloads increase to deal with…

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Is My Spouse is Concealing Assets?

Financial infidelity is regrettably common in marriages, especially when one partner is not involved with paying bills, managing cash flow, or working with the financial advisor. When the marriage ends in divorce, the spouse who handled the finances often tries to hide cash and investments and falsify debts and expenses. If you have always left…

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To Settle or Not to Settle, That is the Question

There are but two options in finalizing a divorce: Negotiate and settle on the division of property and assets and on custody questions Litigate in court, typically before a judge but occasionally before a jury. Some individuals begin the process determined to settle, but if their former partner is unwilling to compromise, litigation becomes the…

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Does a Divorce Affect the Green-Card Status?

Over the years, Shaw Law has assisted in a number of divorce proceedings for international marriages in which one spouse is American and the other is non-American. In the instance where American and non-American spouses wish to end their marriage, it is important to ensure that their altered marital status will not hinder the non-American’s…

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Five Tips for Co-Parenting an Active Teenager

There will always be obstacles to navigate when co-parenting with an ex-spouse, but add an active teenager seeking independence to this mix and parents could find themselves in a three-way showdown: Mom vs. Dad vs Teenager. Navigating the teen years and a divorce custody schedule can be made easier by following these five tips:  Put…

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