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Choosing a military career increases chance of divorce

Jobs demand the attention of people in Georgia as much as relationships, and certain careers place more strain on marriages than others. A study of U.S. Census data conducted by a career website identified military work as particularly stressful on relationships among people under 30. Military members of any rank experienced the greatest likelihood of divorce among young people, with 15 percent of them ending their marriages by age 30.

Myths about divorce

Many Georgia couples who are ending their marriage receive advice from friends and family members. While usually well-intentioned, it is often wrong, and following it could lead to some problems.

Divorce and dividing a 401(k)

If a Georgia couple is getting a divorce and one has a 401(k), both parties may be entitled to a portion of the account in the propery division phase. However, it is not possible to assign a 401(k) to another person. Therefore, the account must be divided. In order to avoid a significant tax penalty, it is necessary to first complete a document known as a qualified domestic relations order.

A husband's jobs status may affect the likelihood of divorce

For Georgia couples, the likelihood of divorce may be higher if the husband does not have a full-time job. These were the findings of a sociology professor at Harvard University who examined data on 6,309 couples from the years 1968 to 2013. Of those, 1,684 divorced or separated permanently.

Communication and sensitivity help kids through divorce

When parents in Georgia choose to end their marriage, their concerns naturally turn to their children. Although the disruption to the family will present challenges, parents can consciously guide their children through the transition. Consistent communication and awareness of children's emotions could enable parents to maintain a healthy parent-child bond into the future.

Factors associated with gray divorces

For Georgia couples who have been married for more than 30 years, the growing trend of gray divorces, or divorces that occur within couples who are over the age of 50, could be cause for concern. However, it should be noted that, while there has been an uptick in the number of these divorces, only certain couples may be at risk.

Political disagreements on the rise, splitting couples

Some Georgia residents might know couples who have been fighting more since the last presidential election. According to a survey of 1,000 people conducted by Wakefield Research from April 12 to April 18, 22 percent of people know a couple whose relationship has been affected negatively by the election of President Trump. Nearly one-quarter of people said that they were arguing with their partner more than ever since Trump's election.

Paying child support when a parent becomes disabled

Georgia parents often rely on child support to help them pay for their child's every day expenses, medical care and school fees. However, the payments could potentially be impacted if the noncustodial parent suddenly becomes disabled. In this case, there are a couple factors that may determine whether or not the child support order will change.

Reasons to get a prenuptial agreement

For many Georgia couples who are planning on getting married, determining whether or not they want to get a prenuptial agreement is just one decision they will have to make. In fact, some couples forgo getting a prenuptial agreement signed because they believe that it indicates that one or both individuals do not believe that the marriage will last. However, there are many positives when it comes to entering into one.

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