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Tips for Atlanta couples planning to divorce in 2013

If you have been thinking about filing for divorce from your spouse, you may have decided to hold off on your divorce until after the holiday season. This is a highly common approach among couples in Atlanta and across the country, especially if they have children for whom they want to preserve the happy memories of the holidays. For others, the holiday season is just too busy on its own without adding on the often-monumental task of divorce.

Sesame Street tackles divorce

On the long-running children's television show "Sesame Street," it seems that the letter "D" stands for a new word: Divorce. That is because, for the first time in the show's 40-year history, it has produced a series on divorce that aims to educate and empathize with children whose parents are going through a split, teaching them that their feelings are acceptable and perfectly normal.

Tips for late-in-life divorce, part one

Earlier this year, we wrote a Georgia family law blog post about the increasingly-common trend that is referred to in the media as "gray divorce." In that earlier post, we reported that, although the divorce rate has generally stabilized over the past 20 years, the rate for people over the age of 50 has actually doubled during that time period.

Dividing an Atlanta business in divorce: tax returns

If you and your spouse jointly own or both have an interest in a Georgia small or family-owned business, that entity will likely be a significant factor in your divorce negotiations and decree. As such, it is important that the family court judge presiding over your divorce and property division has the business' income tax returns and any other important financial documents. But what happens if your spouse refuses to turn over the necessary information?

Prenatal paternity tests could change child support laws

In recent months, researchers have begun testing a new paternity test that is able to determine whether a man is the father of a baby long before the baby is born, and it will likely not be long before that test becomes widely used in Atlanta and throughout the country. When that happens, laws regarding child support may need a significant overhaul in order to provide mothers with additional financial support during pregnancy.

Can a family court judge ban a dad from having kids?

Recently, a family court judge handed down a very unique order: he forbade a father from having any more children until he could show that he could support the additional child as well as his existing kids. Although this case did not take place in Atlanta, we felt that it was unique and noteworthy enough to share with our Georgia blog readers, and we would be interested to hear your opinions on the judge's decision.

How to uncover hidden assets in divorce

When a couple is going through the legal process of divorce, both are required to provide the court with their financial information, such as income, assets, debts and liabilities and all other data. Unfortunately, some spouses refuse or are unable to cooperate with this requirement. Sometimes spouses provide their financial information, but do so dishonestly, hiding assets and lying about their income and worth.

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