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A home doesn't have to be sold when a marriage ends

A couple that gets divorced in Georgia will likely need to decide what to do with the marital home. In some cases, it will be sold and the proceeds split in an equitable manner. However, an individual does have the right to pursue sole ownership of the property. This assumes that the other spouse is willing to be bought out and live somewhere else. There are several ways in which a person may obtain the funds to buyout a spouse.

Be mindful of social media during divorce

When a Georgia couple has made the decision to end their marriage and initiate divorce proceedings, it is natural that they begin putting their old lives behind them and start planning for the future. For many, the split may have been a long time coming and the path arduous. Nonetheless, it is important to stay focused on the picture as the legal process of the divorce progresses through the courts. Without consciously intending to do so, it can be easy to create unnecessary problems and delays by careless comments or posts.

Buying a home while owing back child support

Those who are looking to buy a home in Georgia may have trouble doing so if they owe back child support. This is because it represents a debt that a lender will take into account when making a loan decision. Furthermore, failing to pay child support on time could have negative consequences for a person's credit score and history. However, changes to reporting rules may mean that a back child support obligation doesn't appear on an applicant's credit report at all.

What to do to get ready for a child custody case

When parents in Georgia decide to separate or divorce, they need to come to an agreement regarding child custody, which can be quite stressful. This is especially true when ex-spouses do not get along well or have difficulty reaching an understanding about a parenting plan. In these cases, it may be up to the family court to decide how custody is managed. This is also true for people who have already been separated for some time but want to consider a change in the custody schedule. An increasing number of family court judges favor joint custody as it has been shown to lead to overall improved outcomes for children.

Wedding debt could predict early divorce

Planning and celebrating the perfect wedding could be quite expensive. Many Georgia couples gladly take on debt to pay for it. Unfortunately, spending more than they can afford may be a predictor of divorce. A new study by LendingTree found that nearly half of all couples between the ages of 18 and 53 take on debt to pay for their wedding expenses. Almost half of them contemplated divorce in the first two years of marriage.

Rapper ordered to pay $11,000 per month in child support

Hip-hop music fans in Georgia and around the country likely know Dimitri Roger by his stage name Rich The Kid. The 26-year-old rapper is being sued by his former landlord's attorney for posting her telephone number on social media platforms, and he suffered another legal setback recently when a judge ordered him to pay $11,000 per month in child support to take care of his two children.

How child support payments vary between states

Georgia parents may pay more in child support than parents in comparable income brackets one state away in Florida, and parents in both states may pay more than those in Tennessee. The company Custody X Change used hypothetical divorced parents of two children with an income of $55,000 for the noncustodial parent and $45,000 for the custodial parent to arrive at what it called "typical" child support amounts for each state.

Concerns for business owners during divorce

The financial effects of divorce can last long after most of the emotional and practical issues surrounding the end of a marriage have been resolved. This is especially true for business owners in Georgia, who often have unique concerns about how to protect their companies. In many cases, the family business is the marital asset with the highest value, even outstripping other items like the marital home, investment accounts or retirement funds. Therefore, negotiating a solution on property division is often based on resolving key questions about the business and its future.

Tips for dealing with challenging former partners

It can be difficult for anyone to deal with a narcissist or those who display other challenging personality traits. However, even narcissists may be entitled to visitation or other rights to their children. Ideally, parents in Georgia and elsewhere can adapt to their situation and do what is best for their sons or daughters. For instance, it may be best to limit how much contact a controlling or abusive parent has with a child.

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