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May 2016 Archives

What is ‘common-law marriage’ in Georgia?

It is indisputable that many of the customs of any society tend to change with the passage of time. Certain mores and behaviors that were at one time common can disappear as years pass, and other behaviors that were discouraged can begin to lose their stigma. Throughout the United States, including Georgia, the custom of adults in a romantic relationship living together before getting legally married, or perhaps never getting legally married at all, has increased over the past decades.

Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Chapter 7

A Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a liquidation bankruptcy which allows the debtor to discharge general unsecured debts. These general unsecured debts include credit cards and medical bills, past due utility bills, personal loans, collection agency accounts, and others. Individuals looking to file this type of bankruptcy must pass the Chapter 7 Means Test. Eligibility is determined through income brackets that look at the debtor's income and household size. If you make too much money, you may be required to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

How to know if a loved one is a victim of domestic violence


As we have reported before, domestic violence continues to be a problem around the country and in the state of Georgia. While high profile cases involving celebrities and athletes make the news, often the problem can be much closer to home, when one suspects that a friend or family member is being abused by a spouse or significant other. Unfortunately, this can be a complex and stressful problem, as it is difficult to know how to approach such a personal and potentially dangerous situation.

Are some parents inherently advantaged in Georgia child custody?


There is a general conception amongst many Georgia residents and, indeed, around the country, that mothers tend to be awarded custody of children more often in divorce cases. While this may or may not be true statistically, from a legal standpoint, in most cases, neither parent comes into a custody case with an inherent advantage based solely on his or her gender. As this blog has discussed previously, an exception to this may be in cases where an unmarried father has not taken steps to legitimize the child. But, in most cases, where both parties are considered legal parents, such as in a divorce proceeding, the parties begin on an even playing field legally.

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