Lawrenceville Family Blog

What Is a “Gray Divorce”?

Divorces are increasing for older adults. Adults between the ages of 55 to 64 years have the highest divorce rate in the nation, according to the United States Census.  The term “gray divorce” is being used to describe divorces when spouses are over 50 years old. Some sources use the spelling “grey” when discussing gray… read more

At What Age Does Child Support End in Georgia?

In Georgia, parents are generally obligated to support their children financially, even if they do not have custody. The state uses standard Child Support Guidelines to determine how much a parent must pay to the custodial parent.  Child support payments continue until the order is vacated or modified. The support payments can also end if… read more

5 Factors That Affect Child Custody Decisions

The primary concern in a Georgia child custody case is the best interest of the child. The judge considers all factors that impact the child’s best interest. In the end, the final decision is what the judge believes will benefit the child. Joint custody is often preferred because it allows parents to be active in… read more

In Georgia, if I Never Turned in My Marriage Certificate Am I Still Legally Married?

Before getting married in Georgia, you must apply for a marriage license. The marriage license does not state you are married. It merely permits you to get married in Georgia.  A person applies for a marriage license from the probate court in the county where they reside. If neither party resides in Georgia, they apply… read more

What To Do If a Spouse Refuses To Move Out During a Divorce

A divorce can be a complex and emotional process. One of the challenges that can arise during a divorce is when one spouse refuses to move out of the shared home.  A spouse refusing to move out during a divorce can be incredibly stressful if the couple has children. The situation can create a tense… read more

Can I Stop a Divorce if the Paperwork Has Already Been Filed in Georgia?

Most people who file for divorce in Georgia go through with the process until it is finalized. However, there are situations where a spouse or a couple might want to stop a divorce after the papers have been filed. Regardless of the situation, a Georgia family court judge can stop a divorce even after the… read more

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