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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.

Tips for avoiding costly decisions during a divorce

When Georgia couples choose to end their marriages, they most likely understand that doing so will alter their financial lives. A divorce will require numerous decisions regarding the division of marital assets. Financial advisers recommend that people seek out clear information about their potential tax liabilities after distributing retirement funds as well as whether or not they can actually afford to keep a family home on a single income.

How estranged couples can prepare for mediation

For Georgia couples who are going through a divorce or who are considering a modification to an existing child custody or child support order, mediation could be a good option. This dispute resolution method allows couples to work together to make their own decisions about property division and other family law matters. While this method is already lower-key than litigation, former couples can still get the process to move faster if they prepare.

How to get back child support

When custodial parents in Georgia ask for child support, they may also be entitled to back support. To get back support, parents must be able to establish that expenses were paid for the benefit of the child. If there is an informal agreement in place, custodial parents must show that support was not paid and that there was an effort to collect it.

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.

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