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High-stress jobs can have an impact on a marriage

At some point during their marriage, Georgia couple may decide that a divorce is inevitable. In some cases, a spouse's career or job could become part of the problem, especially if the work is stressful and has a direct impact on the marriage itself. However, those working in certain career paths are more likely to get a divorce by the time they reach the age of 30.

Divorce myths that are false

Going through a divorce in Georgia can be a complicated process. However, when couples disclose that their marriage is ending, advice from friends and family may become overwhelming. It is important to note that, while this advice is usually well-meaning, it can be inapplicable to a person's case.

How parents might reach an agreement about child support

Georgia parents who are getting a divorce may be concerned about child support. It is possible for parents to negotiate their own child support agreement as long as the agreement they make is consistent with state law. The written agreement is usually submitted to a judge so that it can become legally binding. The judge will review the agreement and make sure that both parents understand its contents.

Helping children adjust to divorce

When Georgia parents decide to get a divorce, they are often concerned about how their children will be affected. Whether it is amicable or acrimonious, parents understand that kids can be bewildered, frustrated and angry as a result of parents splitting up. Experts agree that parents play a major role in helping their children adjust to this significant change.

Financial steps to take in a divorce

Georgia couples who are getting a divorce might wonder what financial steps should be taken to prepare for it. People should not make any major financial changes or decisions during the process. This includes not changing beneficiary designations or wills. Bank accounts should not be used in ways that are significantly different. If a couple shares a joint account, they might be able to reach an agreement about how they will manage the money including paying for the divorce.

Getting alimony after a divorce

Georgia residents who are going through a divorce might wonder whether they can get alimony from their spouse. In some cases, a person may request alimony on a temporary basis while the divorce is in progress. If it is possible to prove in court that the person requesting alimony deserted their spouse or committed adultery, they cannot receive it.

Employment status and divorce rates

For married couples in Georgia, the biggest predictor of whether or not a divorce may happen might be the employment status of the husband. In 2016, a sociology professor at Harvard analyzed data for more than 6,300 couples across 46 years and found that the husband's employment status played a significant factor in marriages that came to an end.

When business owners divorce

The divorce process may be complex for a Georgia couple if they own a business. If they had a prenuptial agreement, this might be covered. A family business might also be protected by a trust that keeps assets separate. However, if neither of these is the case, then the couple may have to look at options for dividing the business.

Divorce court can't make bankruptcy decisions

Georgia residents may be interested in a case from their state that set an important precedent when it comes to making divorce agreements. In a march 2017 decision, a federal bankruptcy judge overruled a Georgia Superior Court judge's order that a divorce settlement couldn't be wiped out in bankruptcy.

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