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How is Child Support Calculated in Georgia? Part 2 – Income

Georgia Child Support Worksheet Schedule A - Income

PLEASE NOTE:  The purpose of this series is to explain some of the general principles of calculating child support under Georgia Law.  It is impossible to explain how child support is handled in every divorce case, because each case is unique, with it’s own special facts and circumstances.  If you need to have child support calculated for a divorce, legitimation, …

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How is Child Support Calculated in Georgia?

Child Support Workseet

Part 1 – Demystifying the Child Support Worksheet PLEASE NOTE:  The purpose of this series is to explain some of the general principles of calculating child support under Georgia Law.  It is impossible to explain how child support is handled in every divorce case, because each case is unique, with it’s own special facts and circumstances.  If you need to …

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Is My Divorce Contested or Uncontested?

3d road sign of text 'my wayr', 'your way' and 'compromise'

When someone calls my office inquiring about representation for a divorce case, the first thing I ask is whether it is contested or uncontested.  In speaking with potential clients, I realized that many people don’t know the difference between the two or how each process works.  So, here they are: Contested Divorce A contested divorce is one in which one …

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The Dangers of Social Media in Court Cases

Social Media concept

Social media is providing evidence in a variety of cases, ranging from employment, to divorce, to criminal cases, like cyber-bullying.  As an attorney, I am constantly cautioning my clients about posting to social media.  So many of us have gotten into the habit of sharing our entire life on social media, including everything from where we are to how we …

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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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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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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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Divorce After Adoption

Blended Family

What would have happened if the Brady Bunch broke up? Would Carol keep the girls and Mike keep the boys? After all, that’s what they brought into the marriage, and they have the stronger bond with their own biological children. But, that’s not how the law works. If a person adopts a child, they have an equal standing with the …

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