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What is the difference between a divorce and an annulment?

Divorces completely dissolve a marriage. When you get a divorce, you are recognizing legally that a valid marriage existed and now has come to a legal end. Annulments, on the other hand, recognize that as a matter of law the marriage itself was void from its beginning, meaning there never was a legal marriage at […]

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What is the purpose of a prenuptial agreement?

When a Georgia couple decides to get married, they do not usually want to think about what will happen if they get a divorce. However, with thousands of couples filing for divorce each year, it is in the best interest of engaged couples to prepare for the worst-case scenario. A prenuptial agreement provides you and […]

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Tactful ways to discuss prenuptial agreements

Getting engaged is a big step in your relationship, and it can be quite romantic. However, there is something less romantic that you may need to discuss during this time: a prenuptial agreement. Talking about prenuptial agreements can be uncomfortable, but there are tactful ways to approach this conversation. Take your time Too often, people […]

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Have you considered using mediation for your divorce?

Few people look forward to their divorce negotiations. These often painful discussions can leave you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse anxious, stressed and angry. Add in a courtroom, two lawyers and a huge legal bill, and it is no wonder that more people are turning toward mediation to negotiate their divorce. Over the past 20 years, […]

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What happens with a business in a divorce?

For business owners, their own success and income is based on the success of their company. When business owners face a divorce, the process to accurately assess the business’s value can be complex. The process can also have high stakes, with business owners understandably worried about losing some of what they have worked so hard […]

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Visitation transportation arrangements in a custody agreement

When parents in Georgia file for a divorce, one of the most critical parts of the process is the creation of the custody order. This order could entail everything from educational and religious decisions to how the child is transported from one parent to the other. Unfortunately, visitation transportation is often not given the proper […]

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What factors are used to make child custody decisions?

Georgia parents must make many decisions for their children. From smaller decisions like what foods to eat and what TV shows to watch, to larger decisions like what schools to attend, what religion to be raised in and what medical treatment to receive, there are many topics that parents must weigh in on and decide. […]

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Does Georgia recognize a legal separation?

Unlike other states, Georgia does not recognize the concept of formal legal separation. However, Georgia does recognize what are called separate maintenance actions. Unlike a divorce, a separate maintenance case leaves the marriage of the parties intact. As such, the couple is not free to remarry. On the flip side, separate maintenance may not be […]

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How to determine who gets the home during a divorce

You generally retain the right to live in your Georgia home after a divorce until a judge orders you to leave. This is usually true even if the house isn’t titled in your name. Typically, such an order won’t be issued until after a final settlement is reached, but it is possible for a temporary […]

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Taxes and property division in divorce cases

Most people who decide to get divorced in Georgia understand that they will have to divide the property that they have accumulated during their marriages. However, many of them do not give much thought to the potential tax implications of dividing their property. Understanding the types of taxes that might be imposed when taking different […]

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