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December 2017 Archives

The implications of divorce on new stepfamilies

Divorced Georgia residents who are thinking about getting married again might be interested in finding out how divorce is affecting new step-families, as divorce and remarriage continue to increase. In fact, a University of Massachusetts study found that one-third of the households headed by adults younger than 55 include one stepparent. Similarly, in families with parents who are older than 55 and who have adult children, there is a stepchild in 33 percent of the cases.

Holidays, children and divorce

When Georgia couples get a divorce, the holidays can be particularly hard if there are young children involved. Parents should try to focus on their children and family during this time to ease the transition for everyone. It might be hard for children to move back and forth between homes during the holidays. Even though they may know that both their parents still love them, they still might struggle during this time.

What parents can do about parental alienation

Parental alienation may be a problem for some parents and children in Georgia, particularly if one parent has been diagnosed with a personality disorder. With parental alienation, one parent manipulates the children so they begin to reject the other parent. However, parents can be watchful about signs of it and take steps to stop it.

Reasons to consider a prenuptial agreement

Some people in Georgia who are getting married might want to create a prenuptial agreement. This can have a number of advantages in case people divorce or one person dies. For example, for people who own a portion of a family business, a prenuptial agreement can help ensure it stays in that family. People who enter the marriage with other significant premarital assets may also want a prenuptial agreement so that if they divorce, those assets are not considered shared marital assets.

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