Many people in Cherokee County heard the news story last month about a woman who sued her fiancé for breaking their engagement to marry. The Georgia man has now been ordered by a state appeals court to pay his ex-fiancée $50,000. So, does this mean that any Georgia resident can sue an ex for calling off a wedding? Not exactly.
Many people who marry in Cobb County never think about entering into a prenuptial agreement. It never even crosses their minds. This is because a lot of people mistakenly assume that prenups are only for the rich and famous. However, prenuptial agreements can be very helpful for people of more ordinary means as well.
Unfortunately, when a divorce becomes contentious, particularly a high-asset divorce, it is not uncommon for a spouse to hide assets. Many Marietta residents think that their soon-to-be exes would never do such a thing, but divorce can bring out the worst in people. In order for the property and asset division process to be fair, it is critical for all assets to be accounted for and properly valuated.
People here in Georgia often associate alimony with an image of a wealthy man paying spousal support to his unemployed ex-wife. This traditional vision, however, is nothing but a stereotype. In fact, in many cases both the payer and payee of alimony work, but there is a substantial difference between their incomes or between their abilities to earn an income. Additionally, in this day and age, it is becoming more common for women to be the payers of alimony. According to the Pew Research Center, the woman is actually the higher income earner in about 37 percent of married couples with children.
Several years ago in this Cherokee County Divorce Law Blog we discussed the issue of pet custody. Pet custody disputes come up often in divorce and they are perhaps becoming more and more common. Many divorcing couples are still surprised, however, when they find out that there is no legal procedure to determine a pet's custody after divorce. Under Georgia law, pets are considered property and as such most family law judges will give no consideration to a pet custody dispute.
In previous blog posts, we have discussed how divorcing spouses can divide a family business. Yet, what if both spouses want to continue the business? A recent article in The New York Times discussed couples that have been able to remain business partners after deciding not to be life partners.
While the divorce rate for spouses under 50 has decreased since the 1980s, the divorce rate among older Americans has doubled. In fact, "gray divorces" seem to be a form of relief for many people over 50.
During the often stressful time of divorce, some things fall through the cracks. One of those items dealing with different types of insurance including health, life, homeowner's and car insurance. These issues, however, are important to deal with and can cause many headaches if not dealt with during the divorce.
You've probably heard the statistic: 50 percent of marriages end in divorce; but did you know that number rises another 17 percent for second marriages? An analysis of 2010 data by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University in Ohio found that the overall divorce rate was much greater for second marriages.
For Georgia couples, divorce can be a difficult time, and sometimes children get lost in the mix. Children may not understand what is going on, but at the same time, they do not want to make anything worse for the people who are taking care of them.