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Tax implications of alimony payments

For Georgia couples who are getting divorced and negotiating alimony payments, the tax implications of such payments might be a major concern. In many cases, alimony payments that are clearly outlined as part of the divorce settlement are deductible for the payer but taxable to the recipient.

Child custody disputes and adopted children

When Georgia parents get divorced and they have children that they had previously adopted as a couple, the situation in terms of child custody and visitation is the same as if the children were theirs biologically. Parents will also fight for custody of adoptive children just as they will for biological children. This means that if the divorce is particularly contentious, parents may want to keep some points in mind that will help them maintain access to their children.

How a child's emancipation affects support obligations

In general, Georgia parents are expected to support their children until those children legally become adults. This means that in most cases, a non-custodial parent who pays child support will pay it until that time. However, there are situations in which a child may become legally emancipated before the age of 18, and if this happens, the parent may no longer owe support.

Obtaining child support when a parent leaves the state

Many single Georgia parents rely on child support to provide their children with everything they need to thrive. While many noncustodial parents do their best to pay the child support that they owe on time, others may try to avoid making payments. In cases where noncustodial parents go so far as to leave the state to avoid making payments, they may potentially face legal punishments under the Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act.

Policy changes target child support paid by prisoners

Federal inmates in Georgia who struggle to pay accrued child support following their release from prison may have an avenue to relief. Following action that was taken by the Obama administration on Dec. 19, both parents now have the right to seek changes to the amount paid in child support in the event that one of them serves more than six months behind bars.

Deciding whether to keep or sell the marital home

When a Georgia couple is married, owning a home can be a dream. After a couple goes through a divorce, the same home that they worked hard to buy may end up feeling like a burden. Not only is it complicated to decide which person gets to stay in the marital home after a divorce, staying in the marital home can be a great challenge for a single person.

Clash of documents in immigrant's divorce case

Prenuptial agreements could protect both parties in case of a divorce, but there are some instances where prenups are not valid or their provisions not upheld by a court. Georgia couples might like to know about acase in California where another document took precedence over a prenup.

Parenting after a divorce

Many married couples in Georgia have found cause to dissolve their relationship, and in many cases the separation is complete. Once the formalities of legal dissolution have been completed and the intricacies of property distribution are navigated, there may be little cause for the divorced couple to have any contact with each other ever again. This is usually not the case when they have young children, however. Co-parenting a child remains a commitment even after a divorce.

How to modify child support in Georgia

When an individual changes jobs, his or her child support payments do not automatically change to reflect changes in income. However, if an individual is making less in a new job, that person may ask for a child support modification to decrease the amount of required payments. Conversely, a custodial parent may ask that payments be increased if the other parent starts making more at a new job.

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