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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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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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Three Unique Issues Involving Same-Sex Divorce in Georgia

In Georgia, the process for a same-sex divorce works just like divorce for heterosexual couples. The same issues of whether a divorce will be contested or uncontested, the ability to have access to mediation, the right for a legal separation, and more, now apply equally to all married couples. But here are three topics to…

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Take the Fight out of Shared Custody This Summer

After a long school year, summer vacation is finally here! We can’t help but feel our kids’ excitement. For us parents, though, summer vacation means work, schedule changes and increased childcare. For divorced parents, that can require extra cooperation and flexibility from all parties. Sharing custody is never easy, but during the summer months, there…

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Am I Responsible for My Wife’s Student Loan Debts?

Debts and property are only subject to division during a Georgia divorce if they qualify as marital property, or property that was obtained by either party during the marriage. Marital property is subject to equitable division in a divorce. However, separate property, or property obtained by either party prior to the marriage, is not subject…

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What Are the Different Types of Pensions?

There are many different types of pensions, all of which may be subject to division in a Georgia divorce, provided that all or part of the pension is marital property. This typically means that the pension accrued at least some value during the parties’ marriage. A pension whose value was earned or accrued prior to…

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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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