Is Getting a Prenup a Good Idea?

If you’re getting married, the idea of a prenup has probably crossed your mind. Deciding whether you want to enter into a prenuptial agreement is a personal decision which may or may not take a toll on your relationship. Prenups are unique because they can be used to protect both spouse’s finances in the event that divorce does occur. There is an ongoing debate in society as to whether or not signing a prenuptial agreement is a good idea, and there seems to be some stigma attached to it. At the end of the day, your decision to sign a prenup depends entirely on your financial status, your spouse’s financial status, and many other contributing factors. Signing a prenup may be a good idea for you under certain circumstances. Prenups do have benefits depending on your life, your history, and your finances. Some benefits associated with a prenup include: Protection of premarital assets Reduced conflict in the event of a divorce No sharing of debt Financial security Limited/no amount of spousal support in the event of a divorce Allows for open discussion and no financial secrets Some things you may want to consider if you are considering a prenup are the [...]

Is Getting a Prenup a Good Idea? 2018-03-19T09:19:55+00:00

How Do Serious Medical Issues of Parents Affect Custody?

Are you about to divorce but suffering from serious medical issues, and worried your condition could cost you child custody? As the official website of the State of Georgia warns, Georgia’s child custody laws are quite intricate. When serious medical issues are involved, the situation becomes even more complicated. Before filing your child custody petition, you should consult a Georgia family law attorney. They will analyze the specifics of your case, explain your options, and help you identify the best strategy to convince the court that you deserve custody. When deciding who should have child custody, the court will try to make sure that the decision is in the best interest of the child. In order to do so, they will consider several factors. Getting to know these factors may help you assess your situation, so we will review them in the following lines. Factors Georgia Courts Takes into Account in Child Custody Cases When reviewing a parent’s child custody petition, the court considers the following aspects: The stipulations of Georgia Code Title 19, Chapter 9 – Child Custody Proceedings The parents’ ability to provide for the child (financial situation, income, employment, etc.) The child’s age, gender, medical history, and needs [...]

How Do Serious Medical Issues of Parents Affect Custody? 2018-02-13T11:04:48+00:00

I’m Getting Divorced after 30 Years of Marriage. Now What?

Going through a divorce can be a very difficult time for anyone, especially if you have been with your spouse for as long as 30 or so years. If you’re wondering what your next steps should be now that you are separating after so many years together, there are certain things you will need to prepare yourself for, including: How to go about telling your adult children and grandchildren Handling finances like pensions, a mortgage, and spousal support Insurance Living arrangements Who will be your caregiver as you age Sources of income A divorce after three decades means a lot of things to both you and your husband. Your retirement accounts will most likely be divided and you will need to find a way to build it back up if it's not enough to support you. If you do not have a job and have been out of the workforce for several years, you may worry that it’s too late in life to establish a new career. If you have limited income, there are a few steps to consider, including moving to an area that has a lower cost of living or reducing your lifestyle expenses. If you are no longer [...]

I’m Getting Divorced after 30 Years of Marriage. Now What? 2018-02-05T10:37:03+00:00

Georgia’s debate on adoption bill continues

Georgia’s debate on adoption bill continues on in 2018. The bill was first introduced in 2017, but stalled after changes were made to the bill in the Senate. Background on Georgia’s adoption bill, House Bill 159 In 2017, Rep. Bert Reeves, R-Marietta, introduced a 100-page bill that he said would modernize adoption law. “The last time that Georgia’s adoption law was substantially worked on was 1990,” Reeves said. “So in the last 27 years, there have been a lot of changes, there have been a lot of adoption cases that have demonstrated flaws in our code section that have demonstrated a need for clarity in our code section. So what the goal was was to do a substantial revision or modernization of the code section and bring it up to 2017, essentially.” The bill, House Bill 159, would change requirements for adopting children, provide for a nonresident to allow an adoption of his or her child, provide for adoption of foreign-born children, provide for a waiver to revoke a surrender of parental rights, change the age for individuals to access the Adoption Reunion Registry, among other changes. Senate’s changes to HB 159 in 2017 stalls bill However, the Senate’s changes to the [...]

Georgia’s debate on adoption bill continues 2018-02-02T13:16:29+00:00

Tips on How to Create a Successful Parenting Plan

During a divorce, many states require that separating parents create a parenting plan. Making a parenting plan can be very intimidating when you are not prepared, or if you are unsure of what goes into it. Let’s begin with the basics: a parenting plan is an official, written document that the parents create according to the agreements that they have made regarding how to raise the children of the marriage. 1. Decide Custody The very first thing you should do before creating a parenting plan is decide whether custody of the children will be joint or sole. Custody is a complex area of law and the laws in each state are different. However, generally, custody includes the right to make major decisions about the children’s lives, including decisions about their education, health, religion, extracurricular activities, and personal care. If you choose to share custody, this may mean you need to decide how to share major decision-making for the children. For example, will your ex-spouse decide education and health decisions, while you decide religion and extracurriculars? Or, will you agree to come to a decision together on all major decision-making areas? Remember, every state law is different, so it is extremely important [...]

Tips on How to Create a Successful Parenting Plan 2018-02-27T14:18:49+00:00

Landmark Cases in Family Law in the United States

Family law cases in the U.S. typically involve marriage, child custody, and adoption, but they can also involve other more obscure areas, such as the use of contraceptives. The United States Supreme Court rarely hears a case in family law because of the fact-specific nature of family law cases. It is difficult for such a high court to set precedents for cases with so many variables. However, on occasion, the U.S. Supreme Court will agree to hear a family law case, and when they do, it is usually a pivotal point for U.S. law. Here are four landmark cases in family law in the United States. 1. Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) – Contraception and Marital Privacy This case established the right to contraceptives for married couples and the right to marital privacy. The events leading up to this pivotal Supreme Court case involved the conviction of a Planned Parenthood director and licensed physician for giving a married couple contraceptives. At the time, a Connecticut law made it a crime for any person to use any drug or article to prevent conception. The director and the physician appealed their conviction. When the case finally made it up to the Supreme Court, the [...]

Landmark Cases in Family Law in the United States 2018-01-25T16:28:16+00:00

Developing a Relationship with your Adult Child

Developing a relationship with your adult child can be difficult at times, especially if you don’t see eye to eye on everything. The key to success in developing a relationship with your adult child is to always be supportive, treat them like an adult, make an effort to visit them, and try to give them a call at least once a week. 1. Genuinely support your child in every aspect of his or her life You may not like your child’s job or maybe you don’t approve of your child’s significant other. Whatever the situation is, just be supportive. Say to your child, “as long as you are happy, healthy, and safe, then I am happy for you,” and mean it. This cannot be emphasized enough. There aren’t many worse feelings than when your parents don’t support your life decisions. For example, if your daughter is a coffee shop barista in Wisconsin and she loves her job, but you want her to be a magazine editor in New York, don’t suggest to her that she needs to get a “real job” and proceed with constructive criticism. While you may be coming from a good place, chances are that it will only [...]

Developing a Relationship with your Adult Child 2018-01-25T16:24:23+00:00

How are Pets Handled in a Divorce?

Who gets custody of the pets when a couple divorces? This can be as sharp of an issue as child custody for some people. Pets are often viewed as family members, thus, determining custody can be very difficult. The quick answer to how pets are handled in a divorce is that the law treats pets as personal property. Pets will be “distributed” in the same way a piece of jewelry or furniture would be distributed. Given the callousness of this legal concept, some courts have recently begun to change how pet custody is determined. The new trend in pet custody is to consider a set of factors that consider the well-being of the animal, instead of merely treating the pet as an object. Remember, every jurisdiction is different, so the way a pet is handled in a divorce in New York may be very different from the way it is handled in California. General Background of Property Division in Divorces Traditionally, pets are treated as personal property. This means that the judge will treat your pet the same as a piece of furniture or jewelry when deciding who gets the pet in the divorce. There are two main ways that a [...]

How are Pets Handled in a Divorce? 2018-01-25T16:22:52+00:00

9 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Getting a Divorce

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9 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Getting a Divorce 2018-01-25T14:48:51+00:00

Statistics and Facts about Millennial Parents

The time has finally come for the Millennial generation to enter parenthood. As of 2015, 53 percent of Millennials already have children. That may sound scary because of the stereotypical image of a Millennial glued to their phone or taking a selfie. Luckily, this narcissistic stereotype is not a reflection of Millennials’ parenting skills, according to statistics. In fact, Millennials are shaping up to be great parents. Millennials grew up in a time of rapid technological advancement and economic disturbance. This drastic change of environment is one of the reasons why Millennials get married later, buy houses later, and have children later than previous generations. Millennials are also first in place for the highest number of single mother households and multiracial households. This changing dynamic of Millennial geographic is leading to a difference in the way children are raised. Family statistics about Millennials The Millennial median marriage age is 30 years old, compared to the baby boomers’ median marriage age—23 years old. The Millennial generation is the largest generation by population size in U.S. history! The Millennial population was at 79.8 million in 2016. Millennials exceed all other generations in the number of households with single mothers. Millennials also surpass all [...]

Statistics and Facts about Millennial Parents 2018-01-25T16:19:02+00:00
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