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Divorce can be costly but preparation can help

Divorce is an unpleasant and costly undertaking in Georgia. While little can be done to ameliorate the unpleasantness factor, there are steps that can be taken to possibly reduce or at least to improve the financial implications of a divorce. A little bit of forethought and research can be helpful.

Fostering can lead to successful adoption

Couples in Georgia who are considering adoption and are not sure where to start may want to consider fostering a child. Fostering can lead to adoption and can be very rewarding for all of those involved. A recent article recounted the story of a young woman who was adopted through the foster program. She recounted her experience and the impact it has had on her life.

Fostering can be a more economical path to adoption

The decision to adopt a child in Georgia can be the beginning of a long but rewarding adventure. While most couples are interested in adopting newborns, the number of foster children looking for permanent homes is on the rise. There are advantages to adopting a foster child. One of those is that the cost of the adoption can be less.

Divorce, alimony and the new tax law

The recently passed tax law will change the way alimony is handled in Georgia for tax purposes, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Since 1942, tax law allowed the person paying alimony to deduct the amount from his or her income and the person receiving the alimony paid income tax on the amount received. Since the income of the alimony recipient is typically lower than that of the person paying alimony, the recipient is likely being taxed at a lower rate than the person paying the alimony.

Finances can surprise in a case of divorce

Divorce is never a decision to be made lightly or to go into blindly in Georgia. In a recent study by online marketplace Worthy, 46 percent of women said they were surprised by one or more financial implications of divorce. Being familiar with family finances can help reduce or eliminate such a surprise.

Georgia just made adoption a little easier

Making the decision to adopt a child in Georgia and bring a new child into a family can be an exciting time in a couple's lives. While it's an exciting time, it can also be a stressful time. There are many steps to be completed in the adoption process before a family can bring their new child home.

It's dangerous to be a pedestrian in Georgia

Whether you walk because it is a healthy, economical alternative to driving or do so out of necessity, there are certain benefits to being a pedestrian. You probably experience fresh air more frequently, save a bit of money on gas and do not have to worry about how you will get your steps in for your fitness tracker.

Different paths to a divorce settlement

The decision to divorce is seldom arrived at lightly in Georgia. But once the decision is made, there are different options available as to how the final agreement can be reached. In a recent high profile divorce, the couple agreed that spousal support would be determined through mediation. There are three principal processes that a divorce proceeding can follow, mediation, collaborative or the more traditional litigation.

Grandparents, the opioid crisis and child custody

With the ongoing opioid crisis in Georgia and across the country, a new family structure is becoming more and more widespread. With addiction continuing to run rampant, grandparents are finding themselves taking custody of their grandchildren. These child custody decisions are frequently made very quickly in the wake of an overdose or other incident in the parent's life. Grandparents who thought their child-rearing days were in the past find themselves in the role of primary caregiver.

Failure to pay child support: detrimental to one's well-being

Children are expensive. A person would have a difficult time finding someone in Georgia to disagree with that statement. Parents who are together and working may struggle to provide care, but this task becomes exceptionally more difficult if the parents divorce. During a divorce settlement, the court may mandate a child support agreement that requires the non-custodial parent to pay child support to the custodial parent. While the agreement mandates the payment, that does not guarantee that the payment will be made.

How is debt responsibility apportioned in a divorce?

Making the decision to divorce in Georgia is never an easy one. Once the decision is made, arriving at a final settlement can be difficult and become contentious. This is particularly true where financial matters are concerned. These matters can add to the complication of a divorce.

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