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LGBTQ+ Marriage and Divorce in Georgia: Know Your Rights

In 2015, the supreme court ruled in the Obergefell v. Hodges making marriage equality the law throughout the country. Unsurprisingly, with same-sex marriage comes same-sex divorce in some cases, and it’s essential to know your rights as an LGBTQ+ person in Georgia. Spouses in same-sex marriages are afforded the same legal rights as their opposite-sex counterparts,…

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What To Do if Your Spouse Refuses to Sign Divorce Papers

Divorce is rarely a simple process, even with the best of intentions. And sometimes, when divorce papers are served, someone may drag their heels when it comes to finalizing the details.  A frequent question arises: how can I get a divorce if my spouse won’t sign the divorce papers. The answer is they do not…

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Blended Families: How to Celebrate Holidays After Divorce

Divorce can be difficult for families, and remarriage can bring an entirely new dynamic to the table. So how do you have a great holiday season after a divorce, with a blended family, or when parents live separately? One of the best things you can do is start planning early to ensure that your children…

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Is an Emotional Affair Considered Adultery in the State of Georgia?

Are you worried that your spouse has made an emotional connection to another person and is slowly pulling away from you? An emotional affair can be devastating, but is it considered adultery in the eyes of the law? Having questions about emotional affairs and divorce is normal, so here are a few of the things…

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Who Can Claim the Children on Their Taxes After a Divorce?

After a divorce, parents often wonder which one can claim children as dependents for federal and Georgia state taxes. As always, the answer largely depends on several factors. If the parties can reach an agreement between themselves, that’s great. Or they may require a court to hear the matter and issue an order. Let’s take a…

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Filing for Divorce or Child Custody: Should You Be First to File?

This is a common question.  Should I be first to file?  And if I do file first will the court hold it against me?  The surprising answer is (1) there is a tactical advantage (due to legal procedures in Georgia) to file first, and (2) no, a Georgia court will not hold it against you.  It is not critical…

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Splitting Up: Can I Keep the House in a Divorce?

In the state of Georgia, estates are divided equitably in divorces.  The house is often the largest marital asset in a divorce.  It’s possible that a house can be all marital property, partially marital and partially nonmarital property, or all nonmarital property, depending on the circumstances.  How it is categorized is extremely important to the outcome of the…

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Divorce After Decades of Marriage: How to Make Sense of It All

The headlines from not that long ago about Bill and Melinda Gates calling it quits after 27 years together have set us all back on our heels. Divorce after decades of marriage can often feel like it comes from left field to blindside everyone completely. These divorces are not uncommon and happen for many reasons,…

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Divorce over 65: What You Need to Know

Recently, we took a closer look at Gray Divorce, which is typically defined as any divorce over the age of 50. But what happens if you’re over 65 and separating from your spouse? What are the realities of late-life divorces for baby boomers who can already collect social security? According to the Pew Research Center,…

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Gray Divorce: 5 Things to Know About Divorce Over 50

The recent announcement that Bill and Melinda Gates were splitting up after 27 years of marriage sent shockwaves through the news and social media. If they are divorcing at over 60, what does that mean for other marriages? “Gray Divorce,” or divorces over 50, are not uncommon and are happening more often, even to non-celebrities.…

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