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Divorce Archives

Divorce evidence can be found on social media web sites

Georgia spouses who are contemplating a divorce may want to watch their personal posts on social media sites. That's because their spouse could use these postings as evidence against them to bolster their chances of a more favorable divorce settlement.

Divorce can affect a parent's taxes

Georgia parents who may be going through a divorce may be more worried about which parent will be awarded child custody than their taxes. However, decisions made regarding how the child's time may be split up can actually affect a parent's taxes once the divorce process is complete. As such, tax incidence should be taken into account during the divorce process.

Steps to filing a divorce in Georgia

A person who is considering divorce often does not know where to start. Georgia law has established a specific procedure by which a divorce may be filed in order to commence the action. By following the necessary steps, a person may successfully file a divorce case and begin the process of negotiating or litigating its terms.

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.

How is child support determined?

Divorce or separation may be a difficult prospect in any situation, but when children are involved, the scenario can become much more complex. Child support laws can vary by state, but in Georgia, both parents' incomes are considered when the court is deciding the amount to be paid. The courts may also look at severance pay, pensions, lottery winnings and bonuses, among other financial considerations.

Grounds for divorce in Georgia

In Georgia, marriage is a legally-binding contract that can only be dissolved through the courts. Couples who believe that their marriage is irretrievably broken may file for a no-fault divorce. With this option, there is no need to show wrongdoing on the part of either party. The only requirement is that one spouse must establish that he or she will no longer reside with the other party and that there is no hope of reconciliation.

State of Georgia uses formula to determine child support needs

There are a number of different things to take into account when a Georgia couple wishes to end a marriage, particularly how any and all children shared by the spouses will be cared for into the future. One of the most difficult parts of the entire divorce process comes when one party is asked to meet certain child support obligations with the other.

Wife seeks sole custody in high-asset divorce

Kenneth C. Griffin, the billionaire hedge fund manager, made headlines and may have caught the interest of Georgia couples when he decided to divorce his wife, Anne, to whom he has been married for 11 years. On Sept. 2, she filed documents in Cook County, Illinois, that formally requested she be allowed to move to New York and take sole custody of their children. According to court documents, she asserts that their prenuptial agreement, which she signed on the day before their wedding in July 2003, should be voided because she was pressured into agreeing to it under stressful circumstances.

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.

Actor financially unable to pay spousal support to ex-wife

Divorcing Georgia couples dividing up their financial assets may be able to learn from the experience of Hollywood actor Terrence Howard. Howard and his ex-wife are divorced, but he has told the court he cannot afford to pay her the $325,000 in spousal support stipulated in the divorce settlement. The reason, he said, is that all of the income he makes from his movies goes directly to his first wife to pay spousal and child support. After taking out the money, she then writes him a check, leaving him with less than $6,000 a month.

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