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3 areas that can be settled in a divorce

As Georgia residents know, the separation and divorce process can be full of uncertainties. However, divorce can provide solutions to certain issues. Custody, support and division of property are three main areas for which divorce can provide a solution.

If the couple has children, a custody agreement must be reached during the divorce process. The agreement can be negotiated by the parents outside of the court or it can be set by a judge if the case becomes a court battle. However, a judge has a limited view into a family's life, so while the judge's decision will be in compliance with the legislation, it might not be the best option for a family. Parents negotiating individually or through their lawyers might come up with an agreement that is a better fit for the family.

Furthermore, divorce is also good for negotiating child and spousal support. Child support is usually set according to state rules, but as with spousal support, the ex-spouses can also negotiate terms outside of the court and have a judge then approve their agreement.

Finally, divorce also provides a solution for division of property. Depending on the state, the marital property might be divided 50-50 or in a way a judge finds most equitable. Usually, property that each person had before the marriage or property that was received as a gift or through an inheritance is not included in the marital property. A couple may decide to negotiate their own settlement if there is certain property that one spouse really wants to keep.

When a person is navigating the intricacies of divorce, they might consider retaining a lawyer with family law experience. A lawyer could explain how the legislation works and represent the client during negotiations and in court.

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