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December 2014 Archives

Dissolving a domestic partnership in Georgia

Domestic partnerships differ from traditional marriages in many ways, but they also share similarities, especially in regards to ending the relationship. When partners wish to separate, they have two options for where to file their petition. If the partners have very few assets and agree to separate, they may file their petition through the county clerk's office or Secretary of State. If a couple has major assets or one partner contests the separation, however, they may need to file a petition in court.

Dividing a house during a divorce

Georgia property owners who are going through a divorce may wonder how the property will be divided between the two former partners. Even if one spouse is award a house that was owned jointly in the divorce decree, both names will still be on the loan unless the owner files for a new mortgage. The mortgage will still show up on the credit report of both people despite the decree of divorce. If one person's name is on the loan, creditors can sue that person because they still have a contract with them, even if the divorce decree states that the other person is keeping the home and taking on the debt.

Understanding the current divorce rate

Residents in Georgia may be surprised to hear that the national divorce statistics may not be on the rapid increase that have many grown to expect. Despite widespread public perception, recent studies suggest that the divorce rate is not as high as 50 percent and is not increasing as many have been led to believe. New statistics show that the high divorce rate realized during the late '70s and early '80s were more akin to outliers than long lasting trends.

What is the Hague Convention?

Prospective adoptive parents in Georgia may be interested to learn about the Hague Convention. Each country creates its own laws and standards in regard to the protection of children. However, the statutes of individual countries are not sufficient to protect the interests of children who are adopted internationally.

Understanding and avoiding adoption fraud

The adoption process can be delicate and emotional. Adding to the difficulties that are already present during such proceedings, some prospective parents may fall victim to adoption fraud. Families in Georgia considering an adoption may benefit from recognizing warning signs of such fraud.

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