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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.

One of the most popular divorce myths is that a person does not need an attorney to figure out child support. While it is true that the child support guidelines are available to the public, the instructions and rules can be lengthy and difficult to understand. An attorney may also be able to more easily determine the former spouse's actual income, a component that is important to determining child support. Another related myth is that a former couple can save money by hiring one attorney. This would be a conflict of interest and against legal ethics, as an attorney can only represent one person during a divorce.

There are also some major divorce myths involving finances. One of the main ones, for example, is giving up interest to the family home. Some believe that they will not be held responsible for the mortgage if they give up the home in the divorce. This is false, as a person can still be held liable for the loan by the lender.

The divorce process can be complex as a former couple needs to divide up their marital assets, determine what to do with the family home and figure out child support and child custody. Each party can benefit from having the assistance of separately-retained legal counsel in this regard.

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