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How is Debt Divided in Divorce in Georgia?

When entering into divorce, many people look at dividing the assets as one of the most important factors to consider. And it is. However, a lot of people fail to think about debts. It is easy to assume that whichever party took on a debt should be the one who absorbs the liability for the debt once the divorce is finalized. But this is not always the case.

It is critical to know how debt is divided before entering into a divorce. You need to protect your financial rights and your future.

How is property divided in Georgia?

There are many things to be concerned about in a divorce: Your children, where are you going to live, how much support will you pay or receive, and other similar concerns are common.

However, one of the most important issues people face in divorce involves the money. Especially when one or both of the spouses has a significant income and property, it is critical to understand the basic steps in property division and some unique challenges before proceeding.

Is fault required for divorce in Georgia?

One of the most common questions we get asked by clients is whether they need grounds for divorce. It is easy to get confused as to whether Georgia is a no-fault state and as to the various reasons that are acceptable for divorce in the state.

As each state has different rules and requirements for filing for divorce, it is important to understand how Georgia handles the issue.

Is a lawyer really necessary for a divorce in Georgia?

Many people facing divorce are tempted to handle their divorces on their own. With all of the knowledge and resources available online today, people may wonder if it is worth it to hire a lawyer to represent them in their divorce cases. Especially for people who love to save money and handle things on their own, representing themselves can be a tempting option.

However, handling your own divorce case is ill-advised. Lawyers are highly trained professionals who participate in ongoing legal education throughout their careers in order to handle the legal complications and procedures involved in divorce. Working with an experienced lawyer is the best way to make sure your rights are protected and that you get the best outcome possible in your divorce.

Is a private investigator needed in divorce cases?

If you are considering a divorce or entering into the divorce process, you might be wondering whether you need to work with a private investigator as part of your divorce.

Many people are reluctant to hire private investigators. There have been many television and movie representations of PIs that are less than savory, so this reluctance makes sense. However, if you work with an experienced lawyer and make smart decisions, a PI can be a helpful resource in your divorce matter.

Your conduct during divorce will have consequences.

Be proud of your conduct during your divorce, you may very well have to answer for it in court.

Most people realize that it is important to be on your best behavior before and during divorce proceedings. During the process of divorce, you probably know intuitively that it is not smart to make large, irresponsible purchase and to be careful with your public appearance.

Low contribution to the marital pool prompts new division deal

"Your results may vary." Readers will recognize that as a disclaimer on just about every ad they see for any weight-loss program. Divorce is not about weight loss, but in some cases, analogies might exist. Dissolving a marriage can be difficult and emotionally challenging. And under Georgia's model of equitable distribution, views on what is fair can differ. Some could feel they've lost more than others.

What prompts this observation is a news item on a divorce from across the pond. The reason it is of interest is the perspective it offers on the issue of equitable division and how social changes are influencing legal decisions.

Family Law Issues Affecting the LGBT Community

Same-sex marriage was legalized at the federal level in 2015. This sweeping legalization is certainly a means of celebration for the LGBT community, and while same-sex couples can now get married in any state, they may hit some snags when it comes to divorce. This is largely because this change of law is still trickling down to the state level, and some people who married in one state but were not recognized as married in other states are encountering red tape when trying to end their unions.

Before the Change in Marriage Law

Discussing future property division issues today

Brides.com tends to focus on the finery and fun of weddings, with articles about rings, dresses, honeymoons and more. But sometimes the site addresses topics that are not always easy for couples to talk over as they prepare for their big day.

A recent example can be found in an article dispensing advice on how engaged couples can have a conversation about prenuptial agreements that are designed to reduce conflicts in divorce over property division. Brides.com poses a good question: "what is sexy or romantic about deciding how you'll divide your assets in the event of a divorce?"

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