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How is child support determined in Georgia?

In Georgia, every child has the right to child support. It is normal for a parent to receive assistance from their ex-spouse. Financial support is a critical aspect of your child's life. Any parent or caretaker can collect child support if they house and care for the child more than half of the time. 

The application process for child support is fairly simple. Child support services will help you collect child support payments or any other back payments once the process is complete.

Understanding Stepparent Adoptions in Georgia

In many remarriage situations, the new spouses bond with each other’s children. It is not uncommon for the new spouse to take on the role of father or mother for the other spouse’s kids. For personal and legal reasons, many families want to proceed with a stepparent adoption.

Although stepparent adoption is a great choice for many families, there are complex legal procedures involved. Anyone considering a stepparent adoption needs to understand the process and get legal help to protect their rights and help them through the process.

Dividing Teacher Retirement Benefits in Georgia Divorce

There are some benefits that are notoriously difficult to divide in divorce. Military benefits commonly cause numerous challenges, and complex IRAs for executives also pose challenges.

However, many people don’t realize it, but teacher retirement benefits are among the most difficult to divide. It is important for teachers and their spouses to be aware of the problems and the potential solutions.

Wedding Insurance? How About Marriage Insurance

Insurance has become one of the most profitable markets in the United States. Almost anything can be insured these days. A recent article in discusses wedding insurance, which is a policy that engaged couples and other invested parties can purchase to protect their investment in a wedding – an investment that costs $33,000 on average, according to the article.

Although the wedding is a tremendous financial investment for two people about to get married, there is an even greater investment they will make, and a greater risk to be insured: the marriage itself. How can this investment be insured?

Avoiding a big IRA mistake in divorce

In most divorces, there is at least one dispute difficult to resolve before the marriage can be legally brought to a close. In some divorces, the most difficult disagreements can be found in emotionally charged matters such as child custody. In other situations, the most contentious conflicts are over how to distribute marital assets such as an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), real estate, pension, stock holdings, savings and so on.

We read recently of a doctor who made a costly IRA mistake in his divorce. He found himself in Tax Court earlier this year after he failed to pay taxes on $140,000 in IRA withdrawals transferred to his former wife.

Who gets the pet after divorce?

Many married couples treat their furry friends like children. This is particularly true for couples who do not have any children yet. However, if the marriage ends, then pet custody becomes a point of contention. 

During divorce proceedings, the topic of pet ownership can come up. If you and your spouse both actively want the dog or cat, then the judge will need to decide who is the best fit for overseeing the pet's well-being. However, it is also important to consider whether you can reach a resolution outside of the courtroom. 

Using Mediation to Protect Your Children in Divorce

For most couples facing divorce, the children are the most important thing to consider. Parents need to make sure their kids get the best outcome possible in terms of child custody, parenting plans and child support arrangements.

However, in addition to considerations of custody and support for the kids, parents should consider protecting their children through the actual process of the divorce. When it comes to protecting your children in your divorce, how you go about resolving your contentious divorce issues can be just as important as the outcome of these matters.

Parental alienation claims need to be fought against aggressively

Parental alienation is an important concept in divorce and custody law. It is important to be able to protect one parent from the other parent turning the children against them. Without a claim of parental alienation, many parents would lose out on some of their custody rights.

However, there are some significant negative aspects of parental alienation and how it often plays out in divorce and custody litigation. In far too many cases, one divorcing spouse will try to manipulate the system and falsify instances of alienation. It is important to protect yourself from these falsified claims of alienation to protect your rights as a parent.

Mediation might fit your divorce better than litigation

Emotions can run high in divorce. Difficult disputes over important matters such as the division of marital property, child custody and child support, alimony (also known as spousal support) and other issues can make feelings run even hotter.

In many cases, mediation provides an alternative to the traditional divorce process. Mediation is typically less antagonistic than litigation and can often be a cost-effective way of resolving emotionally charged disagreements.

Study: Household chores disputes factor in 25 percent of divorces

Who is going to do the dishes, mow the yard and clean the cat litter? Who is going to vacuum the living room and who is taking care of laundry? Who is going grocery shopping and who is undertaking spring cleaning? Unsurprisingly, questions over household chores are often the source of conflict in marriage.

In fact, a new paper from Harvard Business School and the University of British Columbia makes the remarkable claim that “disagreements about housework” is a significant factor in one fourth of all divorces, trailing closely behind infidelity (40 percent) and “drifting apart” (35 percent).

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