When it comes to divorce, timing can be critical. Waiting until a spouse's big bonus could give the other spouse an opportunity to claim more through the property division process, and waiting to file for divorce until one is financially stable can ensure a more successful post-divorce life. Yet, some circumstances related to divorce are outside of one's control. Although this can be frustrating, it shouldn't deter individuals from preparing a solid divorce plan that seeks to satisfy their needs and desires.
A recent post here discussed how child support is calculated in the courts following a divorce and child custody ruling. But, what exactly can child support be used for? The answer may surprise you. Despite what many people assume, child support payments can be used for much more than just the basic necessities of food and shelter.
Last week on the blog we discussed divorce rates and its acceptability amongst the general public. Although divorce is becoming more acceptable, it can still be quite contentious, perhaps even unacceptable, for those going through the process. After all, marriage dissolution often involves a number of emotions, including sadness, anger, frustration and fear. A cocktail of these emotions can make it difficult to work with the other side, which could, in turn, place one's best interests at risk.
It wasn't long ago that divorce was seen as a morally reprehensible act that should be denounced. Back then, in the 50s, 60s and 70s, many Americans wanted divorce to be more difficult to obtain, and many felt that divorce was unacceptable. Even the law reflected this reality, with no-fault divorce not becoming legal until California passed a law enacting it in 1968.
There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration when a judge makes a ruling regarding child support. While some judges tend to follow a specific formula for rendering their decision, other judges will look at each case individually and make their decision after looking at several factors.
Going through a divorce could be one of the most strenuous and stressful times in a person's life. Emotions inevitably run high, and you could feel overwhelmed with all the decisions that need to be made. Add to it family members and friends who may be well-intentioned but could be providing you with less than ideal advice, and you could make your situation worse.
When people get divorced in Georgia, they realize how many expenses they were able to share, which allowed them maintain their lifestyle. After a divorce, people need to start paying for their separate expenses, which can double their budget. However, most of the time, the people are still earning the same amount of money during the marriage as they are right after a divorce. Therefore, figuring out how to pay for these new expenses can be difficult.
There are many reasons that people in Georgia end up divorcing. Regardless of the reason, people need to divide their life together during the process. This means that they must determine which parent will have custody of the children, parenting time, child support, asset division and potentially, spousal support, among others. The process can go one of two ways. It can be contested in trial or the parties can work together to determine a fair resolution.
When people are married in Georgia, they share the expenses. How they share those expenses varies from family to family though. Sometimes, both spouses work similar paying jobs and equally contribute financially. In other marriages, one spouse may earn all or most of the income, while the other spouse stays home to care for the children. Due to the many different scenarios in a marriage, there are different outcomes if the couple ever decides to divorce.
There are many different aspects to getting a divorce in Georgia. The person petitioning will have to choose a ground for the divorce or, possibly, a no-fault ground. Once the divorce petition is filed, served on the respondent and either answered or a default is entered, there are many issues that will have to be resolved by the parties or the court. These can include child support, child custody, alimony and, of course, division of property.