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Georgia Parental Kidnapping Laws

It’s surprisingly common for a divorced parent to be accused of kidnapping their child. Some moms or dads may deliberately abduct their child out of self-interest or resentment for the other parent. But many other parents face criminal consequences simply because they weren’t clear on child custody rules. If you and your ex-spouse are under […]

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Congratulations On Your Valentine’s Day Engagement! Have You Signed a Prenup Yet?

The topic of prenups is often seen as taboo. When it comes to couples in love, especially new fiancés, no one wants to speculate about the possibility of splitting up. While celebrating an engagement, planning a fancy wedding, and dreaming about honeymoon getaways, the prospect of dealing with a messy divorce will likely be the […]

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Why Is A Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit DRFA Needed in a Georgia Divorce?

Preparing for any legal dispute can be overwhelming, stressful, and time-consuming. Regarding divorce cases, the process can be even more difficult due to the added emotional strains and tedious amounts of paperwork often involved. If you’re preparing to file for divorce, you may feel confused as you’re compelled to complete forms you’ve never heard of […]

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Is Georgia an Alimony State?

Georgia is not necessarily an alimony state. The spouse's right to ask for spousal assistance is voided in situations like infidelity or abandonment. Spousal assistance is not mandatory in a Georgia divorce, however, it is usually granted when a long-term marriage ends. Typically, those cases involve a ten year or longer marriage, and assistance is […]

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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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