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Paying for Extracurricular Activities in Addition to Child Support

Here’s a frequently asked question: “Do I need to pay the cost of my children’s extracurricular activities in addition to child support in the State of Georgia?” Legally speaking, the answer, as always, is complicated.  A client will come into my office with their divorce or child custody decree in hand, wanting modification.  I will…

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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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Your Domestic Violence Questions Answered

Domestic violence temporary protective orders are an important area of law that legitimately protects victims of domestic violence in the State of Georgia.  However, we have seen situations where one party will use domestic violence temporary protective orders as a strategy rather than protection, often combined with a complaint for divorce in an unfair attempt…

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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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