Of all the forms, documents and various contracts that feature in family law in Georgia and across the country, perhaps no legal instrument is less understood and more vilified than the marital contract.
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As many estate administration and family law lawyers often point out, trusts can be very dynamic legal tools that allow for optimal planning and flexibility.
You -- and perhaps your partner, as well -- might flatly know that your marriage is a failed enterprise, despite your good-faith efforts over a sustained period to make it work.
You learn to share as a kid. You might vaguely remember back to how difficult that seemed at times, but you persevered and figured it out.
Some might consider it crass to focus so much divorce discussion around money. It's an emotional matter, after all. But the reality for Georgia couples going through the process is that the financial aspects pose perhaps the greatest stumbling blocks to bringing a marriage to an end. And where children are involved, the issues have a way of being magnified.
If you were asked to guess the divorce rate in this country, what would you say? Chances are good that you’d say something like “half of all marriages end in divorce.” This is a heavily cited statistic, and one that is often used to bolster arguments about the decay of “family values.”
As a family law firm, we won't seek to hide the reality that many terms that centrally mark our profession can be more than a bit slippery and confusing.
Most judges and lawyers of a certain vintage in Georgia and elsewhere can readily harken back to times when child custody outcomes were often far different from what is the case these days.