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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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4 Ways to Reduce Divorce Stress

Even when a divorce is for your family’s benefit, it can be a stressful time. During mediation, between court dates, and while you’re working on figuring out the next phase of your life, there are a few ways you can reduce your stress during a divorce. Here are some tried and true methods to help…

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Should A Significant Other be on the Pick-Up List for My Child?

We’ve recently been exploring some of the complicated issues for people who are dating after a divorce or break up with the other parent of their child. One issue that’s come up is whether a parent should put their significant other on the school Pick-Up list for their child. The answer is, as always, rather…

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