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October 2015 Archives

IRS to recognize same-sex marriages in all 50 states

On Oct. 21, the IRS announced that it will recognize same-sex marriages for tax purposes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. That could impact same-sex couples living in Georgia and the 12 other states that had not yet legalized marriage equality when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned same-sex marriage bans in June 2015.

Steps in the divorce mediation process

Many Georgia couples are not aware of their options when they decide to end their marriage. Mediation is one method that may help divorcing spouses avoid courtroom litigation. It is a confidential dispute resolution process in which a neutral and trained third party attempts to facilitate communication between the spouses with the goal of reaching an agreement.

Family courts struggle to discern parental rights of rapists

Family court judges in Georgia consider many details when settling disputes between parents about child support, custody and visitation. When the father is a rapist or alleged rapist, however, the issues become even more challenging, and laws often lack guidance about parental rights for children conceived by rape.

How a divorce attorney can help

Going through a divorce in Georgia is usually not a simple process. For most divorcing spouses, sorting out child custody and property division issues is not possible without representation from a family law attorney. However, there are some people who decide to represent themselves during a divorce.

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