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A few tips on dealing with your divorce

When couples in Atlanta enter into a divorce there are seemingly endless decisions that need to be made. During these times, the stress may add up and force you to make decisions based on emotions without looking at the broader picture. Before you get overwhelmed, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Assets that are shared are likely to be assets of the marriage and will be split during a divorce. This includes not only assets but also debts, such as a mortgage or loan. This also means that regardless of who is still living in the home after a separation, both parties are still responsible for a portion of it, whether it is an asset or a debt. This also holds true even if one of the spouses is not specifically listed on the mortgage. Again, since it is an asset of the marriage, both parties will share the responsibility.

While in the past it was far more common that the husband of the household was the primary earner while the wife was often considered the keeper of the home and caregiver for the children, times have changed since then and now more than ever fathers are sharing equal parenting time with their children, or have even taken on primary caretaker roles for stay-at-home dads. This means that decisions regarding child custody and child support have also evolved. While in the past it was often assumed that the mother would maintain custody of a child, this is no longer the case.

It is not uncommon during the process of a divorce to be swamped with people offering suggestions and advice. While advice from family and friends is obviously well-intentioned, the fact remains that every divorce is different, and what worked for one divorcing couple may not work for another. It is often in a divorcing spouse's best interest to get more information about divorce legal options to get an unbiased and professional opinion on how to proceed.

Source: Huffington Post, "6 Prevalent Myths You'll Hear About Divorce," Aug. 9, 2017

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