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Helping an ADHD child through a divorce

Are you the parent of a child with Attention Deficity Hyperactivity Disorder in Georgia? Are you also considering a divorce or perhaps have already embarked on a path toward divorce? If so, you will no doubt want to learn how to help your ADHD child during the divorce process.

While the emotional and logistical upheavals of a divorce can upset any child, the impact on a child with ADHD may be magnified. As Psychology Today explains, this is due in large part to the fact that people with ADHD have reduced ability to manage their emotions and may be more prone to volatile behaviors or manifestations of their emotions as such. The inner discord felt when the external world changes can be much greater for kids with ADHD than for kids without ADHD.

Gray divorce hard on retirement plans

Over the past couple of decades, Georgia and the rest of America have seen more divorces among people aged 50 and above. Termed gray divorce, this experience can be financially devastating for some people. The impact of a divorce at the age of 50 or 60 can be more severe from a financial perspective than a divorce at the age of 30 or even 40. If you are among the people considering a divorce later in life, it is important that you evaluate your situation carefully.

Forbes explains that in most divorces, spouses must split assets and debts. Many times, some of the assets that are split include retirement savings. Additionally, the cost of living on one's own is generally greater than the cost of living with another person. Put that all together and the prospects for funding an impending retirement may look a lot bleaker than before a divorce.

Paying for college during or after a divorce

As many Georgia high school seniors start receiving their college acceptance letters this time of year, their parents are left to figure out how to fund their educational needs. When parents are divorced or are starting down the path toward divorce, this issue can become trickier.

As explained by Forbes, child support awards do not typically incude requirements to pay for college. However, separate provisions can be developed and added to a divorce decree. Exactly what these provisions may state can vary from family to family. Some people may find it beneficial to establish trust or escrow accounts into which money can be added over the course of time. Other people may prefer that lump sums are given up front toward a future education. Some of these details may be impacted by the age of the child or children at the time of the divorce.

Determining a child's best interest

If you are in the midst of a divorce in Georgia and you have minor children, you will want to understand how the state approaches child custody decisions. Of all of the aspects of your divorce, those directly involving your children may well cause you the most angst. Having a good idea of what is involved here will be important as you move through the process.

The Child Welfare Information Gateway, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, indicates that Georgia works to identify what is in the best interests of a child when detemining with whom the child will live after a parental divorce. But, just what is in the best interests of a child? There really is no one-size-fits-all definition of this as every situation is unique. Many factors are reviewed by judges to assess things from a physical, emotional, moral and mental aspect.

Financial tips for people getting divorced

Upon making the decision to end a marriage, Georgia residents must put their energy into navigating the process and setting themselves up for a new future. For most people, financial matters can cause a lot of angst during a divorce but people are cautioned to avoid just focusing on immediate property division issues and look at the larger picture. It is important even in the midst of divorce proceedings to protect oneself financially for the years to come.

One thing people should be aware of is the impact of a divorce on their credit scores. Like it or not, most people's credit will take a hit for some time after a divorce is over. For this reason, watching it carefully is important in the event that inaccurate information should show up. Catching errors early will give people the opportunity to take the steps necessary to have incorrect data removed before they are in need of new credit. It is equally important to take conscious steps toward rebuilding good credit and monitoring scores regularly can give people the chance to see this progress as it goes.

Protect your credit after your divorce.

People going through their first divorce are primarily concerned with the outcome of the divorce proceedings. They worry about whether they will get a favorable child support or spousal support ruling without thinking much about how these payments will be made.

The approach makes sense. Without having been through the process before - especially the complicated aftermath of a divorce - it is unlikely that you will know how complicated and important these technicalities can be to your future. But make no mistake: Knowing how to handle routine payments for your divorce obligations is a critical piece to a divorce.

Georgia's child custody basics

Are you one of the many Georgia parents who is facing an impending divorce? If so, you no doubt have a myriad of questions surrounding the future of your time and relationship with your children. Understanding how the state approaches child custody is essential for you as you navigate through the divorce process.

If you have a child who is at least 14 years of age, you should know that the State of Georgia actually allows him or her to choose or indicate to the court which parent he or she would prefer to live with. This, however, is not a decision that can be made and unmade at just any time. Custody decisions of any nature are subject to review only once every other year. Therefore you're child's election at 14 may remain intact until he or she is 16. This is so for choices made the child or the court.

Protection for spouses in second marriages

If you are one of the many people in Georgia who is contemplating a remarriage or may who has already gotten married for a second or subsequent time, you know just how hard the pain of a divorce can be. You also know how real the financial impact can be and this time you may have more on the line, especially if you have children from you prior marriage. Just what should you do to protect yourself, your children and your new spouse?

Fidelity Investments explains that estate planning should be a top priority for you. It should not only be thought of as a way of making plans for your estate after you die but also as a way of protecting your family even in the event of another divorce. A prenuptial agreement or a postnuptial agreement can be a valuable complement to other estate planning tools.

Student loan debt and divorce

Are you one of the many Georgia spouses who will be getting divorced this year? Do you or does your spouse still have some student load debt left to repay? If so, you should be prepared for this to potentially factor into your divorce settlement.

According to Daily Worth, it may not be safe to assume that student loans are the sole property and therefore responsibility of the spouse who took out the loans. While certainly loan documents are signed by one spouse only and any degree obtained is the property of that person only, many other factors may come to bear in determining ultimate responsibility for these debts.

Social media and divorce

Georgia residents going through a divorce or perhaps contemplating a divorce may look for various sources of information on their spouses. One of these sources today is social media. That's right. Social media is not just for fun anymore, especially when a marriage sours.

Forbes explains that Facebook, Instagram or other social sites can often be rife with clues about one spouse's financial status. During a divorce, both parties are required to fully disclose all of their financial interests, income and expenditures. This is an integral part of the ultimate property division and potentially even support awards that may be made. Some people try to find clever ways of hiding some of their information to reduce their losses or the amount of money they may need to pay the other person.

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