When Georgia couples decide to get married, they may spend a large amount of time planning for the wedding and dreaming about their lives after the ceremony. However, there are couples who do not talk about what happens after the wedding, including what their expectations are when it comes to their finances and what they want out of their marriage.
Approximately 50 percent of all first marriages end in divorce. One of the leading causes are finances. Spouses may not have a full understanding of their partner's debts and assets before getting married, meaning they may become responsible for paying large bills that they did not create. Additionally, there are couples who do not discuss savings and budgets prior to getting married. This can become a major contention especially if one spouse wishes to live more frugally than the other or has different ideas about what can or cannot be afforded.
Many divorce filings list the cause of the breakup of the marriage as irreconcilable differences. This may mean that spouses disagree about whether or not they want to have children, if one parent should stay home and raise the children or what type of careers both spouses would like to have.
When a person decides that a divorce is the best option, a family law attorney may assist with filing the divorce documents. Depending on the circumstances, the attorney may help a client seek spousal support. If there are significant assets that need to be divided, legal counsel can often be of assistance in negotiating a settlement.