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How Long Do You Have To Be Married To Get Alimony in Georgia?

Some states base alimony on the duration of the marriage. However, there is no minimum mandatory time that you have to be married to get alimony in Georgia. In other words, Georgia does not have a standard formula to determine whether you receive spousal support in a divorce action.  The general rule of thumb is… read more

What Does Child Support Cover in Georgia?

Parents are legally obligated to support their children financially until their children become emancipated. The obligation does not end when the parents divorce or separate. Even when the parents were never married, each parent is expected to provide financially for their child. Georgia has child support guidelines that determine how much each parent should pay… read more

Can I Modify My Child Custody Arrangement Without Going to Court in Georgia?

Oftentimes, co-parents decide to make changes to their child custody arrangements. For example, a parent might accept a new job that changes when they can exercise visitation. Another example might be a change in the child’s schedule that necessitates making changes to which parent takes care of the child each day. Informal changes to a… read more

What Happens if a Spouse Refuses To Sign the Divorce Papers in Georgia?

If you’re considering divorce in Georgia, you may be wondering what happens if your spouse refuses to sign the divorce papers. The answer may surprise you. In most cases, you can still get divorced even if your spouse doesn’t want to sign the papers. Here’s what you need to know. Georgia Divorce The Georgia divorce… read more

What Is Palimony?

Palimony is a non-legal term used to describe court-ordered financial support paid to a party by the other party of a non-marital relationship. Because the parties are not married and are not going through a divorce action, the payment is not referred to as alimony or spousal support. Instead, the payments are referred to as… read more

What Is an Ex Parte Custody Order in Georgia and When Do You Need One?

If you and your child’s other parent do not live together or decide to separate or divorce, you must file a petition asking for custody. Without a formal custody order, both parents retain their rights regarding the child. A court is the only entity that can modify or revoke a parent’s legal rights. In most… read more

Limitations on Spousal Privilege

Spousal immunity is also known as the husband-wife privilege or marital privilege. There are two types of spousal immunity. One protects private spousal communications, and the other protects a spouse from being compelled to testify against their spouse in judicial proceedings. Georgia recognizes spousal immunity. Generally, a spouse may not be forced to testify against… read more

What Is a Custodial Parent?

Generally, the custodial parent is the parent who lives with the child and has physical custody of the child. In other words, the parent is the child’s primary caregiver. Noncustodial parents typically have visitation and timesharing arrangements with the child. In Georgia, parents can share custody of a child or have sole custody. When the… read more

Do I Have to Pay Child Support With 50/50 Custody?

You might. It all depends on the circumstances of your divorce. When you get divorced in Lawrenceville, Georgia, you’ll need to make lots of decisions. If you have children, those decisions could become more complex and emotional. Divorce, child custody, and child support can have a substantial impact on your finances. Seek appropriate legal advice… read more

What’s the Difference Between Legal Custody and Physical Custody?

There are two types of custody in Georgia: legal and physical. What are the differences? They sound similar, but there are key distinctions you need to be aware of. These differences apply to your rights as well as the responsibilities you have to your children. Legal Custody Legal custody gives you the right to make… read more