Few things are more dramatic on TV than a taut courtroom scene. From pioneering TV characters such as Perry Mason and Ben Matlock to more modern attorneys Alicia Florrick and Professor Annalise Keating, courtroom speeches, breakdowns and confessions have populated some of television's most popular shows.While going to trial on TV is almost always good for ratings, in real life and family law, it often makes more sense to negotiate terms of a divorce and agree to a settlement -- including the division of assets and debt -- than it does to fight it out in a Fulton County courtroom.
When you say "I do," you are in love and ready to spend your life with that very special person. When the relationship changes and the possibility of divorce becomes a reality, it can be difficult, to say the least, to sort through all of the accompanying emotions.
The prospect of the divorce process can be scary for many people. The public forum of the courtroom as well as the possibility of losing our financially and personally causes significant anxiety.
You are sitting in your Alpharetta, going down the list: your spouse is a fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Check. Your spouse thinks Carrot Top is funny. Check. Your spouse has checked out of your marriage and checked into a hotel with an attractive co-worker. Check.
Building your own computer; constructing a planter out of old boards; putting together a tiny ship inside a bottle; and burning your family name and coat of arms into a piece of wood. All of these things are among the many excellent do-it-yourself projects people in Alpharetta take on from time to time.
One part of the American dream is clear: everyone should have the same rights, freedoms and opportunities to succeed. Another part of that dream is that after working hard and succeeding, Americans can retire comfortably and enjoy the fruits of their labors.
Back in the day, cohabitation was scandalous. It was simply and completely inappropriate for unmarried couples to live together. Over time, American society softened its views on cohabitation. Today, cohabitation is widely viewed as a common-sense way for people to get to know each other before marriage.
"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.
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.
Property division can be a contentious issue in any divorce. When two spouses have to find a way to split up the value of a home, or a car, or prized furniture and other assets, it can be a very difficult task -- especially with something as stressful as a divorce hanging over the entire discussion.