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Georgia Family Law

Is Georgia a Community Property state?

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In the state of Georgia, property division during a divorce adheres to an “equitable distribution” model, as opposed to community property. This means that marital assets are not automatically split 50-50 between the spouses. Instead, the courts strive for a division that is fair, or equitable, taking into account a variety of factors. These can […]

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Filing Process for Divorce in Georgia

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Once the reasons for divorce and requirements have been sorted out, it’s time to start the process. This involves preparing a petition seeking the dissolution of marriage and delivering the necessary papers to inform your partner about this action. The divorce filing process includes several steps and follows a timeline with specific procedures that need […]

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Guide on Modification of Child Custody and Visitation Orders in Georgia

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In Georgia, the court strives to maintain a sense of normalcy as much as possible, ensuring stability and consistency for families. However, change is an inevitable part of life, and circumstances can evolve over time. In such situations, modifications of family law orders for child custody and visitation may become necessary to accommodate the best […]

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Child Custody Laws in Georgia

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Child custody in family law refers to the legal and practical relationship between parents and their children. It involves decision-making and care duties, with the best interests of the child as the top priority. Factors like age, parental competence, and parent-child relationship are considered. In Georgia, child custody is known as “parental responsibilities,” covering parenting […]

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What are the Grounds for Divorce in Georgia

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The divorce process in Georgia is complicated and emotionally demanding, but having a basic understanding of the grounds for divorce and legal qualifications can help make it smoother. This guide will provide all essential information regarding eligibility for divorcing couples, as well as details on property division and alimony. Thus equipped with knowledge of the […]

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What is the cost of divorce in Georgia?

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Divorce is an emotional time and can cause you to feel overwhelmed. If you know in your heart you want a divorce, it’s time to take a step to plan how you will go about it. One of the first questions that people ask when going through a divorce is “How much is my divorce […]

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How to Qualify for Divorce in Georgia: Everything You Need to Know

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To qualify for a divorce in Georgia, you must meet the following requirements: The type of divorce – uncontested or contested – significantly impacts the qualification process in Georgia. The complexity and length of the process largely depend on the type of divorce you are pursuing. Qualifying for a Contested Divorce in Georgia To qualify […]

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How Long Does a Divorce Take in Georgia?

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If you’re contemplating ending your marriage, you may wonder: How long does a divorce take in Georgia? In Georgia, a divorce can be finalized as soon as 31 days due to the mandatory 30-day waiting period, which is one of the shortest in the United States. However, in reality, the process usually takes longer, typically […]

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Five Often Overlooked Assets in a Georgia Divorce

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Many individuals focus on dividing their visible marital property, such as the house, cars, and bank accounts, but often overlook other assets with significant value. In Georgia, all assets acquired during the marriage are subject to equitable division between both parties. This means that any asset can be divided between the spouses during a divorce. […]

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Can a Parent Take a Child Out of State Without the Other Parent’s Consent?

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Family dynamics can be complicated, and when marriages or relationships break down, custody of children can become a significant point of contention. One particularly challenging situation arises when one parent decides to move out of state with the child(ren) without the other parent’s consent. This guide delves into the intricacies of this issue, focusing on […]

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