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June 2015 Archives

Same-sex marriage decision affects Georgia couples

Same-sex couples in Georgia who have been unable to marry in the state have had that right granted to them by a Supreme Court decision. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed. The majority opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy noted that the definition of marriage has changed over time.

Same-sex family law issues still arise despite marriage bans

Currently, Georgia does not allow same-sex marriages, but courts still must deal with legal issues surrounding these unions. Rulings made by courts in liberal regions sometimes pose challenges to existing bans or prohibitions on same-sex couples, as was illustrated by a case in another state that has a constitutional ban on gay marriages.

Wife of Chris Rock wants alimony

Georgia comedy fans may be interested to learn that it was reported on June 16 that Chris Rock's estranged wife was seeking a large amount of his net worth in their divorce proceedings. The report stated that this request was made because she wished to have the ability to maintain the lifestyle that she had grown accustomed to.

Divorce and Social Security retirement benefits

Many Georgia entertainment fans may have heard that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are planning on ending their marriage. According to many media outlets, the power couple have in excess of $150 million in assets. Sources suggest that the couple seems on track to divorce before their 10th wedding anniversary, which means that they will be forfeiting some benefits they could have claimed in the future. From a retirement standpoint, waiting until after their 10th wedding anniversary might make sense to couples who, unlike the two stars, may have to rely on Social Security benefits in the future .

Common financial issues to consider in a Georgia divorce

While ending a marriage is an emotional event for many couples, allowing emotions to cloud an individual's judgment could lead to major mistakes during divorce settlement negotiations. For instance, not putting everything into writing could cause one party to the divorce to renege on a verbal agreement. An example could be a parent failing to pass an asset to a child because he or she is under no legal obligation to do so.

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