How Long Should Alimony Last?

torn divorce decree and cash, with wedding ring

There are not set rules for determining the amount and duration of alimony and each case is determined by it’s specific facts.  Alimony can be permanent or can be for a specified period of time.  A large consideration is the receiving spouse’s ability to become self-sufficient in the future.  The more likely the spouse is to be self-sufficient, then the …

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When is Alimony Appropriate?

Gavel and money

Alimony is ordered when there is a demonstrated need shown by one spouse AND the other spouse has the resources to pay alimony.  Most common cases for alimony are where one parent has a full-time career and the other parent gives up a career to stay home with the children.  However, these are not the only circumstances when alimony can …

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I Don’t Want That Woman Around My Kids!

Jealous Wife with Husband and Girlfriend in Background

Parents in the midst of a divorce often ask how to keep the other parent’s girlfriend or boyfriend away from their kids. The question is usually asked with a mix of jealousy and concern for the children. While both parties need to recognize and understand that the other person is likely going to move on with life and start seeing …

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Be Safe During Divorce

Man and Woman sitting, upset, not looking at each other

In recent weeks, there are been several news reports of extreme behavior directly related to divorce proceedings.  Many people, especially women, are afraid to even tell their spouse that they want a divorce.  Usually the fear stems from past experiences with anger or violence from the spouse, or simply from watching such events unfold on television.  However, there are ways …

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What’s Yours is Mine: Dividing Property During Divorce

Sketch of house and ground with crack down the middle and man and woman on opposite sides of the crack

The most common misconception I find in divorce clients is the idea that title to property determines ownership.  Generally speaking that is true, but not necessarily during marriage and divorce.  In reviewing assets in a divorce, assets are divided in three categories: 1) pre-marital assets – property owned by one of the parties prior to the marriage; 2) marital assets …

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Fathers Day

The Law Office of Jeanne O’Halleran wishes a Happy Father’s Day to every Dad out there!  We have had the privilege to work with a lot of wonderful fathers over the years!  In an age where society is so concerned about dead-beat Dads, we are always encouraged by the strength and bravery of the men who come to our office …

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Introducing a new partner to your kids

Adult male shakes hands with young boy

Whenever divorced parents decide to start seeing someone new, it is important to use caution when introducing a new boyfriend/girlfriend to the kids. Kids have varying reactions to the new person in a parent’s life, and that reaction can depend greatly on the way you approach the introduction. Not Too Soon Children depend on security and reliability, especially after a …

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Grandparent’s Rights

Grandparents spending time with their grandchildren

Do grandparents have the right to visitation with the grandchildren?  Georgia, like most other states, does create a statutory right for grandparents to seek visitation with grandchildren.  Visitation must be sought by petitioning the court, by filing a new action with the court, or by intervening in an existing action that puts custody and visitation of the children at issue.  …

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Child Support: What happens if I lose my job?

Mans hand giving hundred dollars to female hand

Once child support is ordered by the Court, your obligation to pay continues until the Court changes it.  In many situations, the custodial parent may be willing to fore-go payments or accept a lesser amount, but such an agreement, even if put in writing, does not alleviate your legal obligation to pay child support according to the order of the …

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When can kids choose who they live with?

Teenage daughter sitting on couch, not looking at Mother, after an argument

Georgia law allows a child who has reached the age of 14 years to determine which parent will be the primary custodian. The statute actual creates a right for the child to make this choice, one of the few rights that a 14-year-old can exercise. Once a child has expressed a desire to live with a parent, the child must …

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