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Annulment in Georgia – Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by on Sep 9, 2017 in Divorce, Family Law | 0 comments

Annulment in Georgia – Frequently Asked Questions

Annulment of a marriage in the state of Georgia are generally rare and the court is generally maintains a hesitant attitude in processing an annulment of marriage in lieu of an uncontested divorce or contested divorce. An annulment differs from divorce in that it declares the marriage an invalid act from the inception of the act, whereas, a divorce recognizes the marriage and operates to divide the legal union. The following are a list of circumstances in which an annulment may be granted: The parties are related by blood or marriage. A party...

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Can my spouse and I use the same attorney for our divorce?

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Divorce | 0 comments

Can my spouse and I use the same attorney for our divorce?

In an effort to save money, couples often wonder whether they can use one attorney in their divorce proceedings. In many cases, this is unwise, and each party should have proper representation in order to protect their rights. A lawyer that agrees to serve both parties is inevitably facing a conflict of interest and thus an ethical issue. There are, however, some isolated cases in which one party having their own attorney and the other party going unrepresented may be acceptable. Mediation If you and your partner are seeking mediation, you...

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Divorce and Eligibility for Social Security Benefits

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Divorce | 0 comments

Divorce and Eligibility for Social Security Benefits

If you are in the process of obtaining a divorce, then you may be wondering if you will be eligible to receive Social Security benefits. Even though women today are sole breadwinners for the family, women generally are seen to earn less income than men. Due to the economic disparities between husband and wife, husbands often receive higher social security benefits than wives do. But how does this play out in an event of divorce? Does Social Security Benefits count as a marital asset? You may be asking all these questions to yourself....

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Prenuptial Agreements: Making Divorce Easier

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Divorce | 0 comments

Prenuptial Agreements: Making Divorce Easier

Most people that have been through a difficult divorce will recommend a prenuptial agreement (also referred to as a premarital agreement). No one gets married planning for it to end in divorce; but sometimes even the happiest marriages in the beginning do not always last. Getting married, but concerned about your future after the marriage? Uncertainty about divorce, alimony, assets and debts can be avoided by having a Prenuptial Agreement is in place before the marriage. What Is a Prenuptial Agreement? A Prenuptial Agreement is a contractual...

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Bankruptcy’s Impact on Immigration Status

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Bankruptcy, Immigration | 0 comments

Bankruptcy’s Impact on Immigration Status

Bankruptcy and Immigration are both under the jurisdiction of the U.S. federal courts, but administered by separate divisions within the federal court system.  Leaving your country for the start of the better is the most exciting and challenging thing one can ever think of doing. United States is known as the land of opportunities, freedom, and a start to live American dream. The cost of immigration can be high and sometimes many jobs do not pay as well as one would hope. Adding the stress of how immigration status can be affected by existing...

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The Dischargeability of Income Taxes in Bankruptcy

Posted by on May 14, 2016 in Bankruptcy | 0 comments

The Dischargeability of Income Taxes in Bankruptcy

Filing for bankruptcy can help alleviate many types of debt. Not all tax debts are dischargeable in a bankruptcy, but income tax debt that meets certain requirements can be. Some types of tax debt are never dischargeable through bankruptcy, but it may be possible to eliminate or manage federal income tax debt. If an individual qualifies, chapter 7 bankruptcy is the best and simplest way to eliminate income tax debt. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Requirements Chapter 7 bankruptcy may allow for the discharge of income tax debt if certain criteria are...

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Pre- and Postnuptial Agreements in Georgia

Posted by on May 14, 2016 in Divorce | 0 comments

Pre- and Postnuptial Agreements in Georgia

Should I have a prenup? A prenuptial agreement, commonly referred to as a “prenup”, is an agreement that is entered into before a marriage in which the parties agree on how the marital property will be divided in the event of a divorce. Prenuptial agreements have the potential to negatively impact a relationship because the prenup is generally never going to be to the benefit of the lesser party. However, there are some common situations that warrant a prenuptial agreement. These include situations in which: One party is a business owner One...

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Child Support in Georgia

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Divorce, Family Law | 0 comments

Child Support in Georgia

The Georgia Child Support Commission issues the guidelines regarding child support. The guidelines at codified in O.C.G.A. § 19-6-53. The State of Georgia resolves the issue of child support by using an “income shares” model. This means both parents’ incomes are used to determine child support. The state guidelines mandate the universal use of a child support worksheet to input the income of both parents in order to determine the appropriate amount of child support. The worksheet generates an amount based on income and expenses paid towards...

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Busting Bankruptcy Myths – Bankruptcy Lawyers

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Bankruptcy | 0 comments

Busting Bankruptcy Myths – Bankruptcy Lawyers

There are many misconceptions when it comes to filing for bankruptcy. Myths circulate many legal procedures primarily due to unfamiliarity with complex laws and circulating stories of individuals who suffered an unexpected large due to poor legal advice by their bankruptcy attorney. In reality, filing for bankruptcy does not have as many negative legal consequences as many naysayers would have the public believe. Currently, it is estimated that somewhere between 1.21 to 1.25 million Americans will file bankruptcy this year and that the...

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How Will My Divorce Be Affected By My Spouse’s Bankruptcy?

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Bankruptcy, Divorce, Family Law | 0 comments

How Will My Divorce Be Affected By My Spouse’s Bankruptcy?

How Will My Spouse’s Bankruptcy Affect My Divorce? If your spouse files for bankruptcy in the middle of your divorce case, then your divorce case is usually “stayed” or temporarily stopped by the bankruptcy court. The bankruptcy court does this because the assets and joint marital property then become part of the bankruptcy proceeding. This means that once a bankruptcy is filed it will temporarily prevent the property from being divided during the divorce. Therefore the bankruptcy will stop all collection activities and the disposition...

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What is a Bankruptcy Reaffirmation?

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Bankruptcy | 0 comments

What is a Bankruptcy Reaffirmation?

What is a Bankruptcy Reaffirmation? Legally, “a bankruptcy reaffirmation agreement under federal statutes refers to an agreement made between a creditor and the debtor that waives discharge of a debt that would otherwise be discharged in the pending bankruptcy proceeding. A properly executed, timely filed reaffirmation agreement modifies the discharge such that it is rendered inoperable against the debt.” In more simple terms, you are able to reaffirm for the debt to remain after the bankruptcy is over in order to maintain the property...

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Divorce – Service by Publication

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Divorce | 0 comments

Divorce – Service by Publication

What do I do if I want to get a Georgia divorce but I cannot find my spouse?   The answer is  Service by Publication.  When one spouse wants to call it quits but cannot find his or her missing partner, or when he or she is hiding, divorce by publication comes into play. Divorce by publication happens only after a judge has been convinced, based on a sworn declaration, of the serving party’s inability to find the other spouse after trying hard. Service by publication is commonly used in a divorce action to serve a spouse who has...

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Child Custody Basics in Georgia

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Divorce, Family Law | 0 comments

Child Custody Basics in Georgia

In Georgia divorce and family law cases, there are two types of custody: legal custody and physical custody. In almost all cases both of the custody types are shared between the parents.  However, some child custody cases do involve grandparents, uncles, aunts and non-family members depending on the circumstances. In this discussion, we will mostly discuss issues that affect parents in child custody cases. Typically, the parents are awarded joint legal custody, which means that the parents must share in all of the decision making in regards...

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Advice for Father’s in Divorce

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Divorce | 0 comments

Advice for Father’s in Divorce

Fathers going through divorce frequently report to us that the process is much more stressful and complicated than they first anticipated.  This is due the the court’s stritct requirements that a detailed parenting plan and child support worksheet and addendum be filed with the court, with a supporting domestic relations financial affidavit.  Once you add this to mixture of emotions and trying to the best father possible, things can get really hard for when you are also working many hours to support your family.  However, there are ways...

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Small Business Bankruptcy – Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Bankruptcy, Business | 0 comments

Small Business Bankruptcy – Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13

If you own a small business, there is the possibility that you have accumulated a significant amount of business related debt. If your personal or business debt ever starts to grow so much that you feel like there is no way out, consider the possibility of filing for bankruptcy. Many people believe that filing for bankruptcy is the beginning of the end of being in business. However, the reality is that bankruptcy law were created by the U.S. Congress to be used by honest people in the midst of unfortunate financial situations. Bankruptcy is...

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Is Separation Right For You?

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Divorce, Family Law | 0 comments

Is Separation Right For You?

We frequently talk to clients about whether they should file for a legal separation (separate maintenance) or a divorce.  The answer usually is in both the emotions and facts of the case. For example, emotionally the parties feel their may be a chance of reconciliation, a separation may be the best course of action.  And from a practical standpoint, a separation is good if both of the parties are on one of the spouse’s employer sponsored health insurance plans and they want to continue the coverage.  Below is a discussion of other...

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Pets and Divorce in Georgia

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Divorce | 0 comments

Pets and Divorce in Georgia

Divorce can be a hugely stressful time, and sometimes pets can be a large source of added tension. While Georgia courts usually view your pets as property subject to equitable distribution, we understand that to many people, pets are a valuable member of your family. Pets are often treated like children and your kids may have formed significant attachments to them. No matter the case, you will certainly want what’s best for your pets in the event of a divorce. Over 63 percent of American households own pets and over half of marriages end in...

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What is a Standing Order in a Divorce Case?

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Divorce, Family Law | 0 comments

What is a Standing Order in a Divorce Case?

When the process of a divorce is started, the court will generally issue certain orders that are to be obeyed while the divorce is happening, they are known as automatic domestic standing orders.  In Georgia, the standing order is put in place to protect both of the divorcing spouses from misconduct.  A violation of any of the standing orders can result in some jail time due to being in contempt of the court.  The standing orders vary from county to county, for example, in Fulton county the divorcing spouses are restricted from: Removing...

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Georgia Same-Sex Divorce Issues

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Divorce | 0 comments

Georgia Same-Sex Divorce Issues

With the recent decision by the Supreme Court legalizing marriage between same-sex couples in Georgia and throughout the county, there will most likely same-sex divorces in Georgia the near future.  Divorces between same sex couples were not highly common.  One of the reasons being because not many state recognized their marriage in the first place, meaning that unless they were in the state they were married in and even then that state might have residency requirements and other requirements.  So unless the couple was willing to meet all the...

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Georgia Bankruptcy FAQs

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Bankruptcy | 0 comments

Georgia Bankruptcy FAQs

In today’s time, being in debt and having to file bankruptcy is not an uncommon thing. Some people have debts that they can live with and slowly pay off, however, some people are living with a debt that they cannot pay off and to make matters worse, the debt keeps getting bigger. Some of those people that are in huge amounts of debt do not know that they have bankruptcy as an option, and those that do know simply refuse to use bankruptcy because of the negative views it has gotten from the media. Some people just don’t the benefits that...

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Divorce Advice for Spouses of Professionals and Business Owners

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Divorce | 0 comments

Divorce Advice for Spouses of Professionals and Business Owners

Valuation of the Business An important step in any divorce situation involving a practice or business that has significant value is to have it valuated by a business professional. In most cases the spouse with the practice / business will attempt to devaluate the businesses assets, clients, cash flow, goodwill, and potential for economic growth. It is important that you not settle for the estimated amounts provided by the other spouse and to insist an evaluation be performed on the business to determine an accurate reflection of the...

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What is a Motion to Dismiss?

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Bankruptcy, Business, Divorce, Estates | Wills | Trusts | Probate, Family Law, Immigration, Sports & Entertainment | 0 comments

What is a Motion to Dismiss?

What is a Motion to Dismiss? A motion to dismiss is a form of legal pleading in response to the filing of a court case in which the defendant request that the court throw the case out of court. A plaintiff may also file a motion to dismiss a case if a settlement is reached or if it is recommended by counsel that the case be closed. If the defendant files the motion to dismiss it is generally assumed that the defendant denies any claims brought forth by the plaintiff. A Motion to Dismiss can be filed in almost any type of litigation or case...

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Health Insurance and Divorce in Georgia

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Divorce, Family Law | 0 comments

Health Insurance and Divorce in Georgia

It is important to consider how every aspect of your life will be impacted during and after a divorce.  For example, how a divorce will affect your health insurance is often overlooked – but a very important issued that needs to be considered.  One of the main concerns is how much time will the spouse have left on their prior coverage so they can find another health insurance plan.  For those that are worried about their health insurance and how it will change due to a divorce, there are some options.  For example, it is quite common...

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What is Separate vs Marital Property in Divorce?

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Divorce | 0 comments

What is Separate vs Marital Property in Divorce?

When going through a divorce in Georgia, there are many issues that need to be resolved before the divorce can be finalized by the court.  Apart from child support, custody, and alimony issues that need to be settled, there also has to be a division of property between the divorcing spouses.  In the state of Georgia, there has to be an equitable division, this means that the couple has to divide any marital property fairly or equitably – but not necessarily equally. Marital and Separate Property Marital property can be defined as any...

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Divorce, Separation and Annulment – FAQs

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Divorce, Family Law | 0 comments

Divorce, Separation and Annulment – FAQs

Should the time come that a married couple no longer wants to be together, they may have some questions about their options. Some couples automatically assume that divorce is the only way, but there is also the option of legal separation – and is some rare instances an annulment of the marriage is possible.  Below are some frequently asked questions our clients ask in regard to Georgia legal separation, annulment and divorce cases that can help you make an informed decision about your future. What is a divorce? Simply put, a divorce is...

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Can Child Support be Discharged in Bankruptcy?

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Bankruptcy, Divorce, Family Law | 0 comments

Can Child Support be Discharged in Bankruptcy?

Say that after a divorce, the judge has ordered one of the spouses to pay child support to the other. It may be possible for the paying spouse to miss payments and end up having a lot of back child support. It may also be possible that the paying spouse has may file for bankruptcy. The immediate question upon learning their ex-spouse has filed bankruptcy will they still be receiving their child support as ordered in the divorce. It is important to note, this discussion also applies to parents of children that were never married – but...

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Does Filing for Bankruptcy Affect a Job?

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Bankruptcy | 0 comments

Does Filing for Bankruptcy Affect a Job?

It is natural to worry about what kind of effect filing for bankruptcy will have on your life. The filer may worry about his employer finding out they filed for bankruptcy and what may happen if they did find out or what kind of impact bankruptcy can have on any potential jobs in the future. To clarify, it is possible that an employer could find out about an employee filing for bankruptcy, the good news is that typically a bankruptcy does not have any impact on their job. Does Filing for Bankruptcy Mean You Lose Your Job? Filing for...

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What is Bankruptcy Fraud?

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Bankruptcy | 0 comments

What is Bankruptcy Fraud?

Bankruptcy fraud is considered a “white-collar crime” one that requires premeditation, an intent to commit a crime and legal bankruptcy paperwork.  There are four main different types of bankruptcy fraud which include: Concealment of Assets: The debtor conceals assets to prevent from the assets being liquidated or seized. The debtor may try to hide the items location, report the items stolen, or temporarily transfer the items to family and friends. False Information: The debtor files forms with incorrect information or forms that are...

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The Good, Bad and Ugly Parts of a Divorce

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Divorce | 0 comments

The Good, Bad and Ugly Parts of a Divorce

When going through a divorce there is the good, the bad, and the ugly; it is important to know ahead of time what you are in for.  Sometimes the good greatly outweighs the bad instantly, but in most situations it may take some time to see these types of results — so be patient and keep an eye out. The following are the good, the bad, and the ugly about going through a divorce. The Good Parts of Divorce You will get a new start with a divorce and a chance to rediscover yourself at a new stage in your life. A fresh start will allow you to get...

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What is the Best Time for a Divorce?

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Divorce | 0 comments

What is the Best Time for a Divorce?

When the Kids are Older Generally, kids will handle a divorce better if they can maturely handle it. Younger children typically will not handle the changes or relationship dynamics and the splitting of parents as well as older children. In addition if the children are younger it is more likely that parenting conflicts between the parents will be more prevalent and co-parenting will be more difficult. Younger children are less likely to want to transition during visitation and are more reliant on a steady care taker. As children mature they...

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Protecting Your Business in a Divorce

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Business, Divorce | 0 comments

Protecting Your Business in a Divorce

Dividing a Business in a Georgia Divorce Equitable division does not mean an equal division.  In the case of divorce in Georgia your business and practice can be considered for equitable division between the spouses. Any type of business that is referred to a “closely held” such as a partnership, LLC, professional practice, and or corporation that’s shares are not publicly traded can be considered a marital asset during a divorce proceeding. Even if the business was initiated prior to the marriage the business can still be viewed as marital...

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What to Expect During a Contested Divorce

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Divorce | 0 comments

What to Expect During a Contested Divorce

Second Hand Information During your divorce case you are likely to receive a lot of second hand information as to what to expect. You will also probably hear second and even third hand information about the “supposed” legal processes and you may also hear your share of horror stories. Unfortunately for you it is likely that you will be flooded with a lot of information about divorce and the majority of the information you will receive will be for the most part irrelevant or incorrect. You should be very wary of taking friends and family...

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Changing Your Name Following a Divorce

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Divorce, Family Law | 0 comments

Changing Your Name Following a Divorce

How to Change your Name In your divorce you have the ability to opt and change your last name back to a former or maiden name. In most states including Georgia you may request the judge to restore a former name or birth name during your divorce proceeding. If the judge rules that a name change is acceptable then the name change will be granted and included within the final divorce decree. Once the final divorce decree is signed and certified then it will act as the legal document proving the name change. Once you obtain this legal...

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Do’s and Don’ts of Divorce

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Divorce | 0 comments

Do’s and Don’ts of Divorce

If you ask anyone who has been through a divorce what the process was like, some of them might tell you that it was not an easy process and that it was quite stressful. In some divorce situations, tensions run high, angry arguments are had and sometimes decisions are made in the heat of the moment that can have a lasting impact on you or your case. Since there are sometimes so many details that have to be sorted, it is common for some mistakes to be made. Sometimes there things that are advised that you do or don’t do during a divorce....

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The Georgia Uncontested Divorce Process

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Divorce | 0 comments

The Georgia Uncontested Divorce Process

A Georgia Uncontested Divorce is possible when both the husband and wife agree on how to divide their assets and debts as a necessary part of the case.  Also, if the parties have minor children, there must be an uncontested divorce agreement on how to share the custody and support of any children. Finally, the issue of alimony must be agreed upon; where in most uncontested divorce cases alimony is not an issue for the parties – it still must be mentioned in the divorce settlement agreement which will be signed by both parties.  Once the...

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Child Custody: Types of Psychological Evaluations

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Divorce, Family Law | 0 comments

Child Custody: Types of Psychological Evaluations

Divorce and Family Law – Child Custody Cases: Psychological Evaluations Highly, contested child custody cases generally mean that the parties and children involved in the case may be subjected to agency review, interviews by child custody evaluators and in some situations psychological testing and interviews with mental health care professionals. Most of the time a psychological evaluation is implemented in contested cases in which the custody of the children is in question and or in instances in which a parents mental status, illness,...

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What is the Bankruptcy Means Test?

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Bankruptcy | 0 comments

What is the Bankruptcy Means Test?

What is the Bankruptcy Means Test? The insolvency “means test” figures out if your salary is low enough for you to declare Chapter 7 bankruptcy. It is a direction meant to stay filers with higher wages from documenting for Chapter 7 liquidation. High wage filers who do not pass the means test take a look at might utilize Chapter 13 bankruptcy to reimburse a fraction of their obligations, but might not utilize Chapter 7 liquidation to wipe out their obligations altogether.  Then again, the filer does not have to be impoverished to...

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Protective Order from Unsafe Parents

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Divorce, Family Law | 0 comments

Protective Order from Unsafe Parents

In some situations involving divorce and family law cases in Georgia, it may be necessary to acquire a twelve month protective order, temporary protective order, also commonly referred to as a “TPO” to protect a child from a parent or other person who poses a significant danger or immediate threat to the safety or wellbeing of the child. It is the duty of all parents and care givers to ensure that a child is not placed in harm’s way and in cases where a child is intentionally placed in harm’s way or is threatened, harassed, or...

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Frequently Overlooked Expenses on Bankruptcy Petitions

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Bankruptcy | 0 comments

Frequently Overlooked Expenses on Bankruptcy Petitions

In filing for bankruptcy you must provide a clear and detailed outline of your available income to demonstrate that you are filing for bankruptcy in good faith and to demonstrate the amount of available income that could possibly be used to repay any remaining collectible debts. This is primarily done on Schedule I and Schedule J of the bankruptcy petition. The amount of monthly payments in this circumstance is determined by a simple calculation based on your remaining income within the month. The formula in other words appears as follows:...

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Social Media and Copyright Infringement

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Business, Sports & Entertainment | 0 comments

Social Media and Copyright Infringement

Social media has become a tool for networking and communication between individuals ranging from celebrity status to average individuals seeking individualism and self-expression. Today with a click of a button anyone anywhere can share their latest creations, lyrics, images, writings, music, etc. with the world. Although this opportunity allows the image to increase in popularity and allows for many other individuals to admire the work it also allows for the works to become misappropriated by other individuals or corporations. While there...

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Managing Child Custody and Vacation Plans

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Divorce, Family Law | 0 comments

Managing Child Custody and Vacation Plans

After child custody is established and there is a court order determining a visitation schedule then the parent receiving visitation has the ability to take the children on vacation during their scheduled visitation time. However, vacationing during visitation time can become problematic for either parent especially if the custodial parent finds the vacationing plans problematic or the child(ren) are not returned back to the custodial parent in a timely manner. Other problems may arise if a parent refuses to allow for the child to communicate...

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Divorce and Family Law: Your Privacy and Security

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Divorce, Family Law | 0 comments

Divorce and Family Law: Your Privacy and Security

When we are going through a divorce, suffer a loss, a break up, a painful change in our lives, we need to remember to take all the time we need to heal emotionally. Moving forward after a divorce and getting back on track with our lives doesn’t take a day. It takes a lot of small steps to allow us to break free from our broken state and move on- unknown. Moving forward in child custody, visitation, or divorce means that you try to rebuild your new state on a stable and secure foundation. In a divorce or family law case this means amplifying...

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Georgia Child Custody: What is Supervised Visitation?

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Divorce, Family Law | 0 comments

Georgia Child Custody: What is Supervised Visitation?

In a divorce or family law case, if there is a history of abuse in the family, especially toward the child, Georgia courts will most likely grant supervised visitation. The courts usually seek to promote a relationship between the child and both parents, obviously without jeopardizing the child’s well being in any way. Visitation rights in Georgia are awarded when a parent has no custody over the child. The court will set the guidelines for visitation depending on the circumstances and will ensure that they do not infringe in any way on the...

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How to Avoid an Entertainment Scam

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Business, Sports & Entertainment | 0 comments

How to Avoid an Entertainment Scam

Avoiding entertainment scams is not always easy and it may take time and effort to discover whether or not an entertainment opportunity is a scam. Efforts to avoid entertainment scams while looking for opportunities can amount to a majority of the work when attempting to be discovered for stardom within the entertainment industry. It is estimated that one out of every ten entertainment organizations are legitimate while the factitious racketeering organizations appear a dime a dozen. Even companies that involve a large amount of employees can...

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Am I Too Young For a Will?

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Estates | Wills | Trusts | Probate | 0 comments

Am I Too Young For a Will?

In the State of Georgia anyone of the legal age of 18 may acquire a will and testament to establish how their property or assets will be distributed following their death. Therefore, any one over the age of 18 is not too young to require a written will and testament. Without a will your family members or others may be able to divide your property or the courts may be required to intervene and have a ruling as to how your property should be divided. In many instances the ways that the property may be divided would be against the wishes of the...

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How to Help Your Attorney in Your Divorce or Family Law Case

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Divorce, Family Law | 0 comments

How to Help Your Attorney in Your Divorce or Family Law Case

Include All Background History: Your lawyer will need to know all background history in a case in order to adequately represent you in your legal proceeding. Background may include any past court documents, cases, judgments, police reports, DCFS reports, reports of abuse, past relationship background information, income, education, etc. If it is a personal detail that is pertaining to the case then your attorney will need to be informed about it and you can ask your attorney if they need such information. If there are any “skeletons in the...

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Sports & Athlete Professionals and Divorce

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Divorce, Sports & Entertainment | 0 comments

Sports & Athlete Professionals and Divorce

Divorce for a professional sports athlete or coach can lead to complex situations that may make the legal process high profile and may make obtaining the divorce a long and convoluted process. The responsibilities associated with being a pro athlete are well known to be strenuous on a relationship and often times can lead to the dissolution of the marriage. “According to Mark Kreider of ESPN.com divorce rates are estimated to occur and resonate between 60 and 80 percent of all professional athlete marriages.” Common reasons for divorce...

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Entertainment Professionals and Divorce

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Divorce, Sports & Entertainment | 0 comments

Entertainment Professionals and Divorce

If you are currently married to an author, musician, actor, or artist and are seeking divorce than there are serious obligations to consider in terms of marital assets. In addition to typical aspects of divorce; such as, alimony, child support, child custody/visitation, and equitable divisions of property a divorce concerning an entertainer divorcee may also be subjected to disputes over divisions of copyrights, trademarks, or royalties. In entertainment divorce the divisions of labeled properties generally become the most disputed factors...

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Pet Trusts as a Part of an Estate Plan

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Estates | Wills | Trusts | Probate | 0 comments

Pet Trusts as a Part of an Estate Plan

Increasingly, state laws are changing to reflect the importance of the relationship between us and our beloved pets. This means that some laws are no longer treating pets solely as property during a divorce, and are allowing funds to be left for Fido or Fluffy in the event of death or incapacitation.  The development of pet trusts is a part of the animal rights movement and they allow owners to stipulate what they would like to happen to their pet in the event they are no longer able to take care of them and are not able to communicate these...

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What is a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit (DRFA)?

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Divorce, Family Law | 0 comments

What is a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit (DRFA)?

A Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit or “DRFA” is a form mandated by the Georgia Superior Court system (Rule 24.2) that aids judges in determining the correct amount of child support to be paid based on the income of both parties. A DRFA can also be used to help determine how much alimony, if any is to be paid. This document may also be used for determining additional allowances for a child’s healthcare expenses or spousal support / alimony. The DRFA form is recognized as a sworn signed and notarized statement, drafted in the form of an...

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