Imagine this scenario: you have been granted citizenship or permanent residence in the United States because of your marriage to a U.S. citizen. Then, your marriage ends. Now, not only are you dealing with the standard stresses of divorce, but you are also worrying about how your split will affect your immigration status.
When we write about divorce on our Atlanta family law blog, we often talk about the legal process or the end product of a split. It is rare that we discuss the weeks, days and moments leading up to a couple's decision to end their marriage. But like many other areas of divorce and family law, it seems that the start of the process may be changing too.
Although the national economy has experienced significant recovery since the end of the recession, residents of Georgia have not experienced such relief, with persistently high rates of unemployment and foreclosure. Even if that were not the case, it would probably be difficult to find a couple in Georgia that has not accrued some sort of debt, whether from credit cards, or from a mortgage, car or student loans.
A divorce generally has two components: the legal aspect and the logistical aspect. The former entails the often-lengthy legal process of divorce, from filing a complaint in Georgia family court, to meeting with various court-assigned professionals, and finally, to reaching a final divorce decree.
In a recent survey of 2,000 newly divorced people in Georgia and throughout the country, about 50 percent of men and 20 percent of women stated that they were hoping to get married again someday. However, national statistics indicate that the divorce rate for second marriages is much higher than for first. Although researchers and family law attorneys are not sure of the reason for the elevated divorce rate in second marriages, it is possible that dating too soon during or after a divorce may play a part.
Although there is still more than a month until the federal income tax filing deadline of April 17, many Georgia couples have likely begun the long and often-complicated process of preparing their tax return. While taxes can be confusing on their own, they become even more so if you are going through a divorce or similar life event.
A divorce is a difficult, painful experience, no matter when you do it. But according to a new study, people who divorce at a younger age and after fewer years of marriage may actually suffer greater physical and emotional harm from the split than people who filed for divorce at an older age.
If you have gone through the divorce process and come out on the other side, it may seem the hard work is over. However, that may not be true. Following a divorce, there are many details that must be taken care of, such as opening separate bank accounts, refinancing a mortgage in one spouse's name and taking a spouse off of health or car insurance, to name a few.
Divorce experts and experienced family law attorneys know that the divorce process can be radically varied for different couples; that is, it seldom unfolds in a cookie-cutter manner. There are numerous reasons why couples divorce, ranging from incompatibility considerations and financial concerns to child-related issues and other matters.