When sweethearts marry, they do not expect divorce to be in their future. Unfortunately, not every marriage ends with "happily ever after." In fact, after twenty years of marriage, 53 percent of couples experience separation, divorce or death.
Many people who know they want to leave their spouse wonder if they need to have a legal reason to validate the decision? Do you have to show proof of bad behavior? What if there is none but you still want a divorce? Regardless of your circumstances, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Georgia is a no-fault divorce state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.