Divorce in Georgia: What Are Your Options?Written on October 8, 2014
Divorce can take a serious toll on those involved. That includes both emotionally and financially. If there are children involved, the situation can become even more difficult to deal with. Marriage is meant to last for years and years. In fact, it’s right there in the vows: “Until death do us part.” The reality is, however, that many marriages do indeed end in divorce.
Some divorces can get nasty when it comes to the division of assets, alimony, and child custody. If you feel divorce is going to become an inevitable fate for your marriage, or if you have been served with divorce papers, you need to call an experienced attorney immediately. The attorneys at The Silverbach Group will be able to consult with you and make sure you are treated fairly. Even if your split is amicable, you should still be represented by an attorney to protect your rights and your future.
There are many factors that are taken into consideration during a divorce. There are three very important categories, though, that will have the greatest impact on each party:
• Child support and custody
Georgia is an equitable distribution state. That means the marital property and assets are divided in an equitable fashion. It’s important to remember that equitable doesn’t always mean equal. It only means fair. What’s fair, however, is in the eye of the beholder. As a general rule, property, money, and debts amassed during the marriage will be considered by the courts. This usually doesn’t include assets either party had before the marriage. Nor does it include property that was inherited or given as a gift to either spouse prior to the divorce.
Spousal support, or alimony, will also be determined by the courts. In most cases, the judge will require the spouse that earns more money to pay a monthly sum to the other. Alimony is typically set up for a period of time. Factors taken into consideration include the length of the marriage, standard of living, and each spouse’s age and health.
Child custody and support can be a very contentious and complicated matter. There are numerous factors involved in determining if either spouse will have primary custody or if the parents will share custody. The attorneys at The Silverbach Group are experienced in the areas of child support and custody and will work hard to obtain the result that works best for you.
This is merely a sketch of the details that will be addressed during a divorce proceeding. Even if the split isn’t contested by either side, you need an experienced attorney to help you navigate the complexity of the legal system. If you think you can work out the legalities of a divorce on your own, you will most likely be disappointed with the outcome. The attorneys at The Silverbach Group have the experience to make sure you are treated fairly. You can reach us at (770) 635-0334.