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August 2014 Archives

Prenuptial agreements on the rise

The number of couples using prenuptial agreements is growing, but since no one is required to report it and many people find the subject distasteful or embarrassing, the exact numbers are unknown. Prenuptial agreements carry a stigma and many people think that they are only for the rich who want to protect themselves from gold diggers. However, these marital agreements are a practical tool that could offer Georgia couples security and a chance to discuss important matters regarding finances and property division.

Georgia couples hope to see end to same-sex marriage ban

Same-sex couples that have not been allowed to legally marry in Georgia have a reason to be cautiously optimistic for change. A ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Virginia allowed a decision to end the state's same-sex marriage ban to proceed. While the U.S. Supreme Court has now blocked that ruling and granted a stay, supporters of same-sex couples' right to marry in Georgia hope that their state will be the next to repeal its same-sex marriage ban.

Learning about divorce mediation

Georgia spouses who would like to have an amicable divorce may decide to pursue mediation. Litigation is not always the answer for individuals, especially if they may be able to reach a mutual decision that is in the best interest for both of them. Mediation may help couples negotiate their divorce.

More grandparents getting legal custody of grandchildren

In Georgia and across the country, many grandparents are taking on the responsibility of raising their grandchildren. When children can no longer live with their biological parents for any reason, child welfare workers usually attempt to place the children with close relatives before seeking other alternatives. Placing them with grandparents can provide comfort to both the parents and the children because of similar surroundings and family values. This might help explain why the number of children being raised by grandparents in the U.S. more than doubled between 2000 and 2010, according to information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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