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A Georgia divorce may be easier if the proper steps are taken

Unfortunately, divorce can be complicated and even messy at times. Some spouses may feel the need to verbally attack each other in an attempt to get what they want in the divorce. This is typically done for financial reasons and to convince a person they will not receive anything when the divorce is final. Georgia residents that are dealing with that situation may find some of the tips in a recent article helpful in their own situation.

A good place to start is to keep good notes. When a soon-to-be ex-spouse makes a legitimate threat about withholding finances or leaving the person with nothing, having a good record of these comments could come in handy later. Having exact comments with dates can help when seeking to prove facts rather than having it perceived as gossip or a he said/she said game.

It also makes sense to avoid engaging in discussions concerning finances or entertaining threats from a soon-to-be ex spouse. Since one person is likely to document conversations, the other may do the same. It is usually best to save any conversations regarding finances until formal negotiations, mediation or the couple’s day in court.

What one person or the other thinks they are entitled to really doesn’t matter. There are laws in place to protect both individuals, and if the parties cannot reach an agreement, a judge will decide the remaining issues for them based upon the legal principle of equitable distribution. In general, that means a Georgia court will fairly apportion the assets and liabilities of the parties to the divorce proceeding. Gaining an understanding of applicable laws and local court procedures may be the best first step in moving forward toward a fair and comprehensive settlement.

Source: Forbes, How To Cope With Your Husband’s Financial Threats During Divorce, Jeff Landers, Jan. 8, 2014