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Interstate Interference with Custody in Georgia

A family law matter can easily go from civil to criminal when one parent refuses to follow a court order. A parent, for example, has engaged in Interstate Interference with Custody if they took a child out of Georgia without the court-appointed parent’s consent. More specifically, they have violated Official Code of Georgia Annotated Title […]

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What If a Spouse Does Not Respond to a Divorce Complaint in Georgia?

If one spouse fails to answer a divorce petition in Georgia, it will not stop the divorce process from moving forward. It can instead create negative consequences for the supposed respondent. If you’ve been served divorce papers by your spouse, you must file a legal document called an Answer within 30 days to protect your […]

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Georgia Divorce Settlement Agreement: What It Is, How to Make It, and What to Ask For

A divorce settlement agreement (also known as a marital settlement agreement) can speed up the divorce process and avoid a costly trial. It depends, though, on whether the divorcing spouses agree with each other on all matters of the divorce. If so, here’s what you need to know about divorce settlement agreements, and how you […]

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How is Income Calculated in a Georgia Divorce If Your Spouse Is Unemployed or Underemployed?

Filing for divorce in Georgia requires calculating both parties’ income to determine alimony, distribution of marital debts, and or child support. Many people going through divorce wonder how is income calculated if either spouse is not currently employed, is underemployed, or hiding income. In these cases, the court can determine an “imputed income” amount to that […]

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Who Gets Primary Child Custody in Georgia?

In Georgia, a judge makes the final decision on who becomes the custodial parent based on a variety of factors. This decision happens after a trial which results if parents can’t agree on child custody. To avoid all this, before a divorce begins, it’s best for both parents to create a legal agreement between themselves […]

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Is my wife entitled to half my house if it's in my name in Georgia?

Even if the house is in your name, a wife will get half of it should several conditions exist and if the court allows it. Let’s outline those conditions by first looking at how property division is handled in a Georgia divorce. The key question to keep in mind is not, "Whose name is the […]

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What You Need to Know About Apple AirTag Stalking and Restraining Orders in Georgia

When you are going through a divorce in Georgia, you should be aware of the risks associated with AirTag and similar property location devices. Although there are hundreds of positive ways to use an AirTag, a stalker can misuse it to monitor you without your knowledge and your spouse can use it to gain information […]

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10 Reasons December Is a Good Month to File for Divorce

December is here, bringing in the end-of-the-year festivities and the holiday season. You may be thinking that you should continue to put off filing for divorce and wait until the new year. However, Georgia attorney Sharon Jackson does not recommend waiting until January to carry out your divorce plans. Here are ten reasons why December […]

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Is alimony for life in Georgia?

Except in extreme cases, alimony in Georgia is not for life. Some spouses have a vital, necessary, and demanding income requirement, such as caring for a disabled child, and consequently cannot work. In such unusual cases, judges can extend payment duration, or they are at least open to a subsequent motion to modify or stop […]

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Is Georgia a “Mom State”? Does Georgia Favor Mothers in Custody Cases?

It’s a persisting misconception that mothers are automatically favored by the court in child custody battles. In Georgia, the court does not consider the gender of parents when hearing custody cases. Both legal parents have equal rights to fight for custody. However, legal complications may arise in certain situations, such as if the parents are […]

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