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Is your spouse being honest about finances?

In many Georgia divorces, especially those involving extensive and complicated finances, full disclosure is key to achieving a fair division. Unfortunately, some people try to game the system by hiding or spending assets in order to avoid having to share them.

If your spouse is typically the one to handle day-to-day financial tasks such as bills, you may find it hard to stay on top of the flow of income and expenditures. Paying attention to certain red flags can alert you to the necessity of taking a closer look.

The role of a guardian ad litem in a Georgia divorce

If you are beginning the divorce process with minor children in tow, you can expect custody issues to rank among the issues that dominate discussions. In some cases, a Georgia judge may choose to appoint a guardian ad litem.

GALs can play a major role in custody and parenting issues before the court. Knowing how the process works can help you stay informed and work to do what is best for your children.

What can ADR help you resolve in a divorce?

Many people think that divorce, by its very nature, necessitates a dispute between former spouses. While stress and discomfort are likely inevitable, a dispute does not have to be. Litigation is ultimately unnecessary, and instead of going to court, you may be able to opt for an alternative dispute resolution. ADR, or mediation, is one of the best options for navigating a divorce amicably and effectively.

What if you have multiple concerns to tackle, though? This is actually a great reason to choose mediation instead of litigation. ADR can help you navigate any of the following issues in your divorce and avoid an expensive, drawn-out battle in the courtroom.

Setting goals in a divorce

For many who start the process of a divorce, the sole objective is survival. Nobody could blame you if this is the case. One thing to bear in mind is that stress is an inevitable part of the process, and it can be severe enough to incite panic attacks in some. You can do more than just survive, though--you can thrive. To do so, you should consider setting goals to focus on.

The following are a few ideas of objectives that can help you sidestep the stress of a divorce and instead enjoy the freedom it can afford. Developing your own list of essential principles is a great way to make the best of the situation and sustain your optimism.

How to know if divorce mediation will work for you

Litigation may be the most common route for married couples seeking a divorce, but it is not the only one. There are alternate dispute resolutions you can choose to use. One is mediation, which the state of Georgia requires all couples to try before going to trial.

Just because it is a requirement does not mean it will be effective, and you may end up having to go to court in the end. However, there are certain signs to look for that will let you know if mediation will work for you.

  • You both want a divorce. Not every divorce case involves both spouses wanting to end the marriage. Sometimes one of them tries everything to keep it intact, making the process difficult. If you both want out, cooperation is likelier.
  • You both are willing to try mediation. If one of you is only there because the law mandates it, then mediation is unlikely to be successful. Mediation requires setting aside hostility and revenge to work toward a satisfactory solution.
  • You both commit to honesty. The mediator facilitates communication, but it is up to each of you to make sure you are completely honest during the proceeding. If you know your spouse is lying or suspect he or she is hiding something, litigation may be necessary.

What happens to retirement accounts in a Georgia divorce?

Wage-earners contemplating a divorce sometimes think their pension accounts do not count as marital property. After all, they were the only ones contributing, so why should they divide the account?

Georgia divorce law, however, considers all types of retirement accounts marital property as long as one of the spouses contributed to it during the marriage. Funds that originated prior to the marriage generally count as separate property.

Financial aspects to consider when divorcing as a senior woman

Are you a senior woman considering a divorce? You are not alone. The rate of divorce among seniors has increased significantly over the decades, rising from 2.8 percent to 15 percent, reports the L.A. Times. This growing trend of "gray divorce" has many causes, from staying together for the kids to the relationship suffering from continual wear and tear.

Regardless of your reason for wanting to move on, one thing remains the same: you need to be aware of the considerations unique to a gray divorce because there are more financial consequences at this age.

How to modify a finalized divorce in Georgia

Usually the finalization of your divorce brings relief because it is over and you can try to move forward with your life. However, sometimes it can lead to more strife because it may result in an undesirable outcome for you, your spouse may appeal the decree or conditions may change that warrant a modification. Whatever the circumstances, you do not need to feel hopeless, because you have options. It is possible to modify certain aspects of your divorce settlement.

How domestic violence affects child custody in Georgia

As if divorce were not difficult enough, leaving an abusive marriage makes it even more so. You are likely to face more hurdles not only from your vengeful spouse but also from the judicial system. You may not fit the stereotype of an abuse victim. You may not be meek, fearful and dependent but outspoken, angry and independent instead. You may be wealthy or suffer from a mental illness. You may experience verbal abuse, not physical.

How documentation eliminates unnecessary conflict in your divorce

The length of time it takes to get a divorce in Georgia can be frustrating, especially if your spouse is hostile and uncooperative. While some parts of the process require specific periods of time, there are things you can do to speed up the rest. Some of these include hiring a divorce lawyer to prevent delays due to mistakes, gathering together required information and paperwork in a timely manner and documenting everything. When you can easily present evidence in your favor, it can eliminate conflict and therefore quicken your divorce proceedings. The following are some of the things you should document.

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