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What divorced spouses should review at the end of the year

Starting a brand new year can mean a lot for recently divorced individuals. The next 12 months could be the first full year without your spouse by their side. Some find it depressing, while others find it relieving as they enter their new phase in life. You could make resolutions to improve yourself physically or financially to start recovering from the separation, or you could go back to dating to see if your true soulmate is still out there.

There are several areas about your divorce that you should look over before the clock strikes midnight on December 31 regardless of how long it’s been since the finalization. New divorcees will have to begin adjusting to their post-separation conditions while older ones may have had something significant happen to them in the last year that could change the court’s orders on the matter. You can get a better sense of how your life will be going forward if you look at the categories individually.

Custody schedule

Even if a parent doesn’t have plans to request any modifications to the custody time with their child, they should still look at the custody plan so they can begin preparing their schedule for the next year. According to Custody X Change, most fathers that do not have equal or primary custody of their child usually get 23.5 percent of the year with them. Most plans lay out which years that the parent gets to spend with the child on a particular holiday. For example, Georgia tends to grant Labor Day weekends to fathers on odd years and to mothers during even years.

New laws

Most newer divorce regulations tend to affect those who have yet to finalize their separation. One of the more recently heavily discussed changes to the system is how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 will no longer make alimony tax deductible. While most divorcees tend to be immune to these newer laws since they divorced prior to the passing, there can still be changes on both state and federal levels that can drastically affect their payments or custody. The end of the year provides one of the better opportunities to check to see if there have been any recent major changes to the system.

Potential modification opportunities

Though some may wait until Tax Day to see how their financial situation is after the previous year, the end of December is also a good time to see if they went through any dramatic shifts since last January. Many Georgia residents are concerned about how much they have in December as it is given their Christmas shopping lists, so now would be a good time to see if any job or relationship changes are affecting your alimony or child support payments.

If it is difficult for you to examine all the different areas of your divorce agreements during the end of the year, you should know that legal assistance is still available to help you determine if any post-decree modifications are necessary. A lot can change in one year, and one change could make the difference in helping you start of the new year on the right foot.

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