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There's an app for that -- including divorce-related issues

Most of us likely can't imagine going more than an hour without accessing the Internet thanks to our smartphones, laptops and seemingly constant WiFi connection. While we would prefer to think that we are harnessing this technology for purely productive purposes, the truth is that we do spend a lot of time just indulging our online interests, whether it's constantly checking the news stream or updating our social media accounts.

While there is certainly nothing wrong with this, it's important that we don't manage to overlook some of the lesser-known yet incredibly valuable services and tools available on the Web, particularly those related to the area of divorce.

Divorce attorneys attuned to the unique circumstances of pro athletes

Most people think that the lives of professional athletes are something to be envied, complete with great wealth, worldwide fame and, of course, glory on the court, diamond, field, course or rink.

While it's true that being a professional athlete does afford certain advantages, it's important for people to understand that this wealth, fame and glory is the product of hard work and tremendous personal sacrifice.

Research uncovers significant shift in divorce trends

The longstanding theory when it comes to the ages at which couples are most likely to divorce is that those who tied the knot later in life are far more likely to stay married than their younger counterparts.

Interestingly enough, however, a professor at the University of Utah recently discovered that this may no longer be the case.

How can grandparents in Georgia secure visitation rights? -- III

When a spouse makes the difficult decision to pursue a divorce, things can rapidly become rather tumultuous for not just the other spouse and any children the couple may have, but friends and extended family.

Indeed, things can become especially confusing to grandparents who suddenly find themselves thrust into the unenviable position of having to console their child and wonder what affect the impending split will have on their ability to see their grandchildren.

How can grandparents in Georgia secure visitation rights? -- II

In our last post, we began discussing how one of the more overlooked aspects of divorce is the impact it can have on extended family. In particular, we focused on how grandparents might find themselves in the unenviable position of wondering whether they will be able to continue spending time with their grandchildren post-divorce.  

To that end, we started discussing how the law in Georgia grants those who meet the definition of grandparents the ability to seek visitation rights by either joining an existing case or filing a petition for visitation.

How can grandparents in Georgia secure visitation rights?

When a couple makes the decision to divorce, it goes without saying that it will prove to be difficult for both them and their children, as the months ahead will be filled with significant change and considerable uncertainty.

What sometimes gets overlooked, however, is that this difficulty is often not just confined to the immediate family, as grandparents are also left to cope with this significant change and the unenviable uncertainty as to whether they will be able to continue seeing their grandchildren.

What do people really think about the nation's child support models?

In a post last week, our blog spent some time discussing the various models used by the 50 states in calculating child support. To recap, Georgia and 37 other states use the income shares model, which calls for the respective income of the custodial and the noncustodial parent to be considered in determining the amount of child support.

Interestingly enough, a recently published study by researchers at Arizona State University designed to uncover more about public attitudes toward this and the other child support models made some very surprising discoveries.

Why married couples may want to consider postnuptial agreements

While more couples are becoming open to the idea of executing a prenuptial agreement, others remain reluctant to take this step. Here, this reluctance may stem from the practical belief that they have nothing worth protecting to the romantic (and perhaps somewhat naïve) belief that divorce will never enter the equation.

What happens, however, if a couple has second thoughts about their decision not to execute a prenuptial agreement soon after the wedding or even many years down the road? Are they officially out of luck?

How is child support calculated among the 50 states?

It may come as a surprise, but one of the more confusing issues to emerge for many people going through a divorce is not property division or alimony, but rather child support.

This confusion can typically be attributed to the seemingly complex calculations that must be performed, the lengthy guidelines that must be consulted and the otherwise arcane language employed by the courts in these matters.

Are 'pet prenups' the next big thing?

Attitudes toward prenuptial agreements have undergone a remarkable transformation over the last decade, as more and more people have started to see them as a valuable tool that can save them time, money and energy in the event of a divorce as opposed to just a tacit acknowledgement that their marriage is destined for failure.

While it's certainly encouraging to see more soon-to-be spouses turning to prenuptials to establish expectations concerning everything from child support and child custody to property division and alimony, it's worth noting that a growing number of people are now taking things one step further by executing a specialized type of prenup that deals exclusively with their pets.

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