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What actually happens in a divorce proceeding

Georgia residents and others who are in unhappy relationships should not feel as if they have to stay with their partners. However, it is also important to know that a separation or divorce won't immediately solve a person's problems. For instance, parents who weren't able to agree on how to raise their children likely won't find common ground just because they are no longer together. Individuals may also face financial issues after a divorce that could cause stress in their lives.

Those who have children should not assume that the mother will automatically be granted custody. The truth is that a judge will make a ruling that is in the best interests of the children. This tends to mean that both parents will share custody or be granted significant visitation rights. Just as gender doesn't necessarily determine who gets custody of a child, it also doesn't automatically conclude who is eligible for alimony.

If a wife made more than her husband during the marriage, the husband may be able to request alimony. The same is true if he stayed at home to take care of the kids and needs financial support until finding a job. In some cases, individuals may be entitled to money that was earned or otherwise acquired during the marriage even if it was held in a separate bank account.

A divorce may be settled through mediation or by asking a judge to make a ruling. Couples may also choose to create a prenuptial agreement, which is akin to setting the terms of a divorce before the wedding takes place. Regardless of how a divorce is settled, it may be a good idea to do so with the help of legal counsel. This may help individuals make decisions based on facts instead of emotions.

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