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Dividing credit card debt in divorce

Marriages end for all kinds of reasons, and often, financial disagreements and issues come into play. Even if you are heading for a divorce for reasons that have nothing to do with finances, there are still certain steps you may want to consider taking to streamline the process and reduce your level of liability with regard to your spouse’s debts.

If, for example, you and your soon-to-be ex share multiple credit cards, it may prove wise to eliminate this shared debt prior to the dissolution of your marriage to ensure it does not come back to bite you later. Why? Credit card companies do not care about the state of your marriage – they simply want to collect what is owed to them, and they typically do not care where it comes from. So, if you are tracking toward a divorce and you and your spouse currently have shared credit cards, consider the following options:

Answers to common questions about Georgia’s child custody laws

Child custody laws are not always black and white, and many different factors and circumstances ultimately determine where whether a child will live with you, your spouse, a grandparent or someone else entirely. If you are preparing for an upcoming Georgia custody hearing, understanding the basics of the state’s child custody laws can help streamline the process and, ideally, help you achieve a favorable outcome.

Common questions asked about Georgia’s child custody laws include:

3 hidden assets you may find in a divorce

Going through a divorce and separating your life from your ex’s is a stressful endeavor in and of itself. Maintaining financial stability in this time is yet another concern that can be stressful if you and your spouse possessed high assets. Whether you have a prenuptial agreement or not, you will need to fairly divide your assets to ensure that both parties’ finances are not compromised by the divorce.

Unfortunately, you cannot always trust your ex to be entirely honest when it comes to disclosing all the assets that may be relevant to your divorce. It is common, in fact, for some vindictive spouses to intentionally hide assets in an attempt to maximize their monetary gains in a divorce.

3 signs your husband wants to divorce you

You may assume that you could tell if your marriage is ending, but sometimes that is not the case. It may be hard to realize when your husband is truly pulling away from you, especially when divorce is the last thing you want to happen. But divorce can sometimes take people by surprise.

So how can you tell if your husband is planning to leave you? While these signs may sometimes only signal that your marriage needs some work, here are some red flags that your husband could be planning to file for divorce. 

Signs your wife is planning to divorce you

Marriages do not end overnight. While the service of divorce papers from your wife may come as a surprise to you, this is not a decision she made in one instant. Her plans for divorce started long before then. 

You may think arguments or affairs are telltale signs you two are headed for divorce. However, many marriages survive cheating, and many divorces come when things are seemingly going well. What signs, then, are likelier to mean your wife is preparing for divorce?

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.

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