Taxes: Always relevant, including in a divorce

“The No. 1 issue relating to retirement assets is taxation,” says one certified public accountant. Georgia residents contemplating or currently involved in a divorce proceeding might want to closely ponder that statement. The obvious reason why: Any division of assets in a divorce that results in taxes creates a windfall for the government and a […]

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The benefits of proven legal representation in a divorce

Do-it-yourself manuals seem ubiquitous in book stores and libraries, covering topics across a veritable universe of possibilities. That universe includes a number of legal topics. In the realm of estate administration, for example, there are boilerplate wills that can be tweaked to accommodate personal circumstances, just as there are health care directives focused on end-of-life […]

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RAND Corp.: Military marriages suffer from deployments

The root finding of a large study published recently in the Journal of Population Economics emerges “loud and clear,” says one of its authors, and what it posits most unequivocally is this: Military marriages are at dire risk from combat deployments by one or both spouses to Iraq or Afghanistan. That conclusion on military divorce […]

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Judge approves substantial child support reduction for Sheen

The ongoing public drama involving actor Charlie Sheen and his ex-wife Brooke Mueller took another turn this week, as Sheen and Mueller have agreed to an unusual child support modification. In the average case — celebrity or not — one parent’s inability to personally care for the children wouldn’t typically result in a reduction in […]

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Child custody arrangements not just for the recently divorced

When married parents decide to get a divorce, addressing child custody and support concerns is rarely an item that is missed. However, marriage isn’t on the table for everyone these days as the definition of family continues to change. Many individuals are choosing to have children outside of marriage. What some people don’t realize is […]

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Housing market plays role in Georgia divorces

During the recession and housing market decline, studies found that fewer couples were getting divorced in the United States. Now that the housing market is improving and property values are rising, more couples are calling it quits.  One big reason more couples are filing for divorce now is due to the increase in property values […]

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Should fertility have value in a divorce settlement?

More and more couples these days are putting off having children until they have built their careers, set enough funds aside for a retirement nest egg or even taken time out to travel the world. At the same time that more couples are waiting to have kids, more marriages are ending in divorce. For some […]

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Man jailed for falling behind in spousal support

There are certainly some situations in which individuals in Alpharetta should get alimony: when one spouse makes far more or has a much higher earning potential than the other, alimony may be a helpful tool to make sure the spouse who earns less is not immediately thrown into poverty by his or her divorce. Granted, […]

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Retirement accounts, other asset-division considerations

A recent media article on divorce refers to the “sea of potential issues” confronting many couples during marital dissolution, especially when it comes to property division. To the extent that is true (and it certainly is for many divorcing couples in Georgia and across the country), the metaphor can apply with special vigor to couples […]

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Technology, dads and fathers’ rights: surrogacy arrangements

In the area of family law, both in Georgia and nationally, issues often center around various parties’ rights in a number of contexts. Regarding children, their rights and needs are often a central consideration, with courts being guided by a “best interests” standard. Of course, mom has rights. Increasingly, too, the rights of grandparents are […]

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