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Some marital problems more likely to lead to divorce

A study that was published by the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy has highlighted the top four reasons that people in Georgia and around the country get divorced. They are lack of intimacy or love, lack of trust, sympathy or respect, growing apart, and communication problems. The study involved surveys of 2,371 straight people who had recently gone through a divorce, and their average age was 45 years old.

The most commonly-cited of the reasons for divorce was a lack of intimacy or love, with 47% of those surveyed naming that. Respondents in the open-ended survey said things like "I had no feelings for my partner" or "he didn't love me after we'd been together for a long time". Lack of trust was indicated with statements like "we had an inability to regain trust".

It’s possible to protect your business from divorce

If you have your own business in Alpharetta, it is probably one of the most valuable assets you have. You have more than likely spent endless hours making your company successful from the first day you opened for business. But what will happen to all your hard work if you get divorced? Will your spouse take half of your company? Will you be able to afford to keep the business running when you lose a significant portion of your other assets? What can you do to protect the company you worked so hard to build?

These kinds of questions are perfectly normal for a business owner who is on the verge of divorce. As with many legal aspects of divorce, the answer to these questions is generally the same: It depends. It depends if you started the business before your marriage. It depends if your spouse had a role in operating the business. It depends on the unique circumstances that apply to you and your particular situation. However, there are some things you can do that can help to protect your business.

Child custody hearings and documentation

Georgia parents who are getting a divorce might have to go to court for a judge to make a child custody decision. They might need to submit certain documents to the court prior to the child custody hearing.

For example, a parent may want to submit visitation and phone call logs. These are records of when the noncustodial parent visited or contacted the child. They can be used by the noncustodial parent to show an ongoing relationship with the child. On the other hand, they could be used by the custodial parent to show that the other parent has not been spending time with the child. However, the noncustodial parent can argue that this is because the custodial parent has prevented visits or phone calls. This may be viewed negatively by the judge since a family court will value parents' efforts to cooperate with one another.

Approaching child custody as a divorcing father

One of the most worrying aspects of divorce for fathers is how divorce could change the relationship that they have with their children. If you have been with your children almost every day since they were born, the prospect of spending the majority of your life away from them can seem inconceivable and heartbreaking.

While the process of divorce can bring about unexpected changes, it does not mean that you have to lose the relationship that you have with your children. The way that you approach child custody and divorce can have a huge impact on the result you will achieve. This is why it is important that you take action to plan your approach and create a strategy for the entire journey.

Why couples may want to consider a prenuptial agreement

Prenups are not just for the very wealthy or celebrities. Many couples in Georgia who are not rich or famous might benefit from a prenuptial agreement. With a prenup, a couple can make an agreement about the assets they are bringing into the marriage, how they will divide assets they accumulate during the marriage and whether one partner will pay support to the other in case of divorce.

However, a prenup has several other advantages, including some for couples who do not separate. It requires them to fully disclose all their assets and debts prior to the marriage and to have an honest conversation about money. In some marriages, one person handles all the finances and the other knows very little about them. This can leave the partner with little financial knowledge at a disadvantage during the divorce. There is a discovery phase in divorce that requires each spouse to disclose their finances, but a prenup ensures that both partners go into the marriage with this information.

Study says special wedding dates could mean divorce

People in Georgia who are planning a wedding might want to avoid choosing Valentine's Day as the date. University of Melbourne researchers report that this choice for a wedding day is followed by more divorces than any other day.

The researchers examined data for one million couples. Five years after a February 14 wedding, 11% of couples had split. By the nine-year mark, the percentage had risen to 21%.

Free from your spouse? Don't make these mistakes

There is little that causes more stress than a divorce. Ending a relationship can be difficult even without the legal matters that you have to handle with a divorce. After all the legal stresses are resolved, you may feel like you're entitled to relax and take time for yourself, and you are. However, many people take this too far and end up causing problems for themselves.

Much of how you react to a divorce depends on how you feel about it. If you wanted the divorce, then the finalization may make you extremely happy. You might go out and celebrate, start dating new people or start spending on new items you've wanted to buy. If you didn't want the divorce, you may feel depressed or start looking for ways to cope, which may not always be positive.

Handling a divorce after a job loss

When one spouse loses a job during divorce proceedings in Georgia, financial decisions can become very complicated. The first thing the court will want to know is the cause of the job loss. Spouses who lose their job due to layoffs, meaning they are not at fault, will likely be treated favorably by the court. Spouses who get fired for negligence or incompetence may not get any relief in financial responsibilities from the court.

Spouses who lose their job need to be diligent when it comes to finding new employment in order to prove to the court that they are attempting to uphold their financial responsibilities. They should keep detailed records of their activities, including interviews, appointments and time spent networking or searching. This is not a time to go back to school or switch careers as the court will look down on parties who don't attempt to make the same earnings.

Tips for parenting teenagers after divorce

As many Georgia parents have experienced, parenting a teenager can be a delicate and complicated endeavor. Adolescence is a period for kids to figure out who they are, and that often comes with struggles with their parents. Dealing with a divorce on top of this can make parenting a teenager quite challenging. Having to co-parent with an ex-spouse can bring on further complications. However, there are things that parents can do together, even after divorce, to successfully parent their teenagers.

When parents are first negotiating child custody agreements, some of the challenges they will face parenting their teenagers might not be so obvious. That's why flexibility with the parenting plan is necessary to continue supporting and strengthening their relationship with their child. Teenagers are at a stage in their lives where they are building their own relationships outside the family and developing their own interests. All of these compete for the time outlined in the parenting plan. Following it strictly might lead to further tension with the children.

Will your spouse have a claim to part of the business in divorce?

You've invested years of your life and likely many thousands of dollars in the development of your own business. You have likely enjoyed the freedom of being your own boss and also the frustrations of being solely responsible for a new company.

Your hard work has afforded your family a good standard of living, but now you find yourself facing divorce. It is absolutely reasonable to worry about whether you will wind up splitting the business you have spent so long developing with your ex at the end of your marriage. There are a number of factors that will influence whether or not your ex shares in the ownership or assets from your business.

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