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How child custody could affect your income tax filing

Earlier this month, we touched on a few potential implications of family law issues on income taxes. With the federal tax filing deadline fast approaching, we thought it might be a good time to revisit that topic and add some clarification on how a child custody order or agreement could affect your income tax filing.

Georgia bill increases grandparent visitation rights

Recently, the Georgia House of Representatives passed a law that aims to give grandparents more access to their grandchildren, even if the children's parents oppose such contact. The bill will strengthen the rights of Georgia grandparents to visit grandchildren who are caught in the middle of child custody or similar family law cases.

Tony Robbins' lessons for life after divorce

The decision to divorce is not an easy one. Even if you know that you will be happier in the end, it can be difficult to navigate the many legal and personal challenges that a divorce can present. In addition to family court proceedings, financial changes, and altered living arrangements, a divorce can create a great deal of fear about the future.

Should divorce have a mandatory waiting period?

One of Georgia's neighboring states is considering a change to its family law process which, if passed, would significantly reduce the mandatory waiting period for couples who wish to divorce in the state. Although it seems like a simple proposal, the bill has been met with some resistance from organizations and advocates who feel that reducing the waiting period might discourage reconciliation.

Dating during the divorce process: Is it a good idea?

In a recent survey of 2,000 newly divorced people in Georgia and throughout the country, about 50 percent of men and 20 percent of women stated that they were hoping to get married again someday. However, national statistics indicate that the divorce rate for second marriages is much higher than for first. Although researchers and family law attorneys are not sure of the reason for the elevated divorce rate in second marriages, it is possible that dating too soon during or after a divorce may play a part.

Terrell Owens could go to jail for failure to pay child support

It seems that hardly a month goes by where former professional football player Terrell Owens does not make the news for something that is not football-related. In fact, in the past six months we have blogged about Owens' child support and other family law troubles at least six times. Most recently, we blogged about Owens' successful attempt at a downward modification of his child support obligation.

Why is March the most popular month for divorce?

With spring fast approaching, many people in Georgia are looking forward to a fresh start. For some, that means doing something relatively minor, such as cleaning out a closet or a new fitness regime. For others, spring motivates them to making a major life change like quitting a job, selling a house or ending a marriage.

The tax implications of divorce, part two

Earlier this week, we wrote about some of the many tax considerations of a couple who is recently divorced or who are in the process of ending their marriage. Thus far, we have discussed whether couples should file jointly or as individuals during or after a divorce, and which parent should claim the child or children as dependents.

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