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How Do I Prove My Spouse’s Self-Employed Income?

One of the most useful techniques is to review spending habits of a self-employed spouse over an extended period of time. For instance, a couple can have an idea that their relationship is heading towards a divorce for a period of time. This can give a party an opportunity to prepare for that possibility. If a spouse is observed with increased suspicious activity such as moving monies from business accounts, making large purchases and increasing their spending on miscellaneous items it can be a signal that a party is attempting to create the appearance of decreased income or simply hiding assets.

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Georgia Pet Custody: Who Gets the Dog in a Georgia Divorce?

When it comes to a divorce between a couple that has decided to end their marriage, the opportunity for conflict is limitless. Most people think of the marital home, retirement plans and child custody when litigation in a divorce proceeding comes to mind. However, anything that is valued by the husband and wife within the home is ripe as a source of dispute, even the family pet.

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What If My Spouse Is Voluntarily Unemployed or Underemployed?

In the State of Georgia, the Georgia child support worksheet determines the amount of child support paid by the non-custodial parent. However, there are instances where a parent suspects that the other parent is intentionally not working or not working in a capacity...

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The Income Shares Model and Calculating Georgia Child Support

In 2007 The State of Georgia enacted the “income shares” model which calculates child support by taking into account the income sources of both parents. The Georgia child support laws established a presumption that the custodial parent will bear the expenses related...

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When Can a Child Choose Which Parent He or She Wants to Live With?

Therefore, in the state of Georgia the redline in which the court will give the most weight to the desires of the child is the age of 14. O.C.G.A §19-9-3 also gives consideration to the desires of the child who has reached the age of 11 but not 14 years. In that case, the court is required to consider the desires of the child but said child’s desires are not controlling. Regardless, whether the child has reached the age of 11 or 14, the analysis does not stop there.  

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What You Should Know If Refinancing after a Divorce?

Sometimes refinancing simply isn’t an option for the above-mentioned reasons. If couples aren’t able to refinance other options include selling the residence, investigating the reasons for not qualifying and simply waiting in order to improve one’s position so that it becomes a viable option in the future.

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What Type of Damages Can I Sue for In a Personal Injury Case?

Everyone has seen the commercials from personal injuries attorneys promising monetary compensation for damages. However, the state of Georgia has different categories of damages that injured parties are able to recover. In Georgia, an injured party can pursue a civil lawsuit against another individual, business or entity for compensatory damages (which are more narrowly categorized as special and general damages) and punitive damages.

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Why You Should Consider a Vacation After a Divorce

Despite the fact that vacations can sometimes take several months to plan, they are fun to prepare for and give us something to look forward to while we go through the stresses of daily life. Most of the time, we take a vacation as a way to unwind from a stressful job or life situation. For the estimated 4.5 million people in the United States who either separated or divorced from their spouse in 2021, the need to take a break and remove oneself from a stressful environment has never been more pressing.

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Do I Have to Pay Taxes on my Personal Injury Settlement?

Hence, compensatory damages are not considered as income for taxation purposes. This includes expenses such medical bills, lost wages, damage to a vehicle or other personal property and pain and suffering. There is generally a significant loss associated with an injury case. Compensatory awards are meant to make the injured plaintiff whole again.

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Will I Have to Sell My Home During a Divorce?

Divorce does not automatically mean that the marital home will have to be sold. As stated above, there are a number of alternatives the Georgia judicial system uses in order to resolve this particular conflict. Factors such as the presence of children and the financial status of the parties are the most critical factors in this determination. It is critical to obtain the advice of an experience family law and divorce attorney to guide you through this process.

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