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Divorce Mediation Checklist

Published by: Scott Spooner • On: 10-10-2014 • Under: Divorce, Family Law, Mediation • Tagged: , ,

Person drafting a mediation checklist. Mediating a divorce settlement can be an effective and efficient way to resolve your divorce action.  For a mediation to be successful, it helps to put aside emotional and personal issues in order to come to terms with your spouse.  Reaching a mediated settlement can speed up an otherwise lengthy litigation process. When both parties make an effort to give full disclosure and act cordially despite differences, mediation can be a helpful way to resolve your case. If a case does not get settled, a divorce litigation can turn into a boxing match with punches being thrown from both sides due to raw and unsettled feelings. In addition, it can hurt family members indirectly involved in the process.

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Child Support Modification

Published by: Scott Spooner • On: 09-03-2014 • Under: Divorce, Family Law • Tagged: , ,

Child support modifications in Georgia.When child support is set after a divorce, the court typically considers the incomes and financial situations of the parents at that time.  In many instances, circumstances change as the children get older.  For example, the children’s financial needs increase, the parents’ incomes change, the amount of time children spend with each parent changes, etc.  When there is a change in any one of these situations, either parent can file for a child support modification.  However, filing for a modification doesn’t necessarily mean the judge’s ruling will be in favor of the modification.  The parent seeking child support modification must petition the court and prove that there has been a material and significant change of financial condition.

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Things to do in Georgia with Kids

Published by: Scott Spooner • On: 07-27-2014 • Under: General • Tagged: , , ,

Things to do in Georgia with KidsDivorce can be hard on a family, especially when kids are involved. Between one parent moving out, custody battles and getting used to a new home situation, children can feel lost and confused when it’s all said and done. Finding ways to connect with your children throughout the divorce proceedings and after is important for their health and happiness. Whether you have the kids full time or just on weekends, having quality time together and making fun memories is a great way to make your kids feel more comfortable in spite of familial changes. There are countless things to do in Georgia that are perfect for spending quality time with the kids. Not sure where to start? We’ve done the legwork for you and have found some of the most exciting things to do in the Suwanee area in our list below.

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Common Restraining Orders in Georgia

Published by: Scott Spooner • On: 07-08-2014 • Under: General • Tagged: , , ,

Restraining orders in Georgia. In Georgia, there are several types of restraining orders.  The two most common are Temporary Protective Orders (TPO) and Mutual Restraining Orders (MRO). While both are called restraining orders, they are used in very different situations.

At Spooner & Associates, we encounter MROs frequently. This type of restraining order is often put in place automatically in the event of a divorce, custody modification or other domestic action. Mutual restraining orders are used to keep the status quo between the parties. For example, most MROs provide that neither party can cancel health or auto insurance policies, sell marital assets, or remove the children from the county, state, or country.

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Alimony in Georgia

Published by: Scott Spooner • On: 06-26-2014 • Under: Divorce, Family Law • Tagged: , , ,

june-alimony-blogAlimony, or spousal support, was a concept originally implemented when employment options for women were more limited. After a divorce, men were responsible for their ex-wives support. Now, alimony in Georgia and other states is maintained to protect economic fairness in the event of divorce. Understanding how alimony in Georgia is awarded and what types are available is important when discussing divorce proceedings.

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Post-Divorce Checklist: Documents to Adjust After a Divorce

Published by: Scott Spooner • On: 06-13-2014 • Under: Divorce, Family Law, General • Tagged: ,

Post-divorce checklistA post-divorce checklists offer a way to organize all the to-dos that come after a divorce is finalized. A divorce decree is unfortunately not the last step in your divorce process. There are a number of different agencies that must be contacted with your name changes, insurance policies will likely need to be adjusted, loans, and all other joint efforts must be addressed quickly to save you trouble in the future.

  • Social Security Card: If your name was changed in the process of the divorce you’ll need to contact the Social Security Administration to update your card and file with them.

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Find A Divorce Lawyer – Do Your Due Diligence

Published by: Scott Spooner • On: 05-15-2014 • Under: Divorce, Family Law • Tagged: , ,

FInd a divorce attorney.

The process of divorce is a complicated one. Navigating it alone is not easy, which is why hiring a divorce attorney should be a priority. To find a divorce lawyer, you’ll need to do your research. Here are a few suggestions from the attorneys of Spooner & Associates.

  1. Ask around: Contact people in your community who have used a divorce attorney and ask them about their experiences. Often the best source is a friend or neighbor. The more information you have about an attorney before meeting him or her, the better.
  2. Search online: The internet can be a valuable resource for finding an attorney near you, but you should have an open mind.  Nice websites and good reviews reflect positively on a law firm. Negative reviews can also provide some insights.  However, given the anonymous nature of reviews, negative comments could have been posted by a person that the firm had success against.  You should also browse the attorney’s website to learn more about the attorney’s background. At this point, you may want to make contact with an attorney to discuss their experience with family law, typical clients, as well as general rates, both hourly and a retainer. Use this information to narrow down the field.
  3. Schedule a consultation: Find your divorce lawyer by meeting a few, face-to-face. Some consultations are free of charge and provide a great opportunity to ask many questions. Good questions to ask include:

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Divorce Financial Planning – Protect Your Financial Future

Published by: Scott Spooner • On: 04-18-2014 • Under: Divorce, Family Law • Tagged: ,

Divorce financial planning

A divorce is likely the most financially significant event of a lifetime.  When the decision to divorce is reached, it’s important to have a plan in place to deal with your property, debts, and assets. Divorce financial planning has become more complicated in this uncertain economy with fluctuating property values and high unemployment. This means that planning ahead and making divorce financial planning a top priority early on is even more important than ever. Here are some steps you may want to take:

1. Gather financial documents including:

    • at least one year of monthly account statements (including bank, brokerage, retirement, and credit cards)
    • all tax returns filed jointly or separately from the past three to five years
    • recent pay stubs
    • verify the contents of any safe-deposit boxes

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The Importance of a Thorough Divorce Agreement

Published by: Scott Spooner • On: 03-18-2014 • Under: Divorce, Family Law • Tagged: ,

Separation agreements in Georgia.

A divorce agreement, also known as a marital separation agreement, is a written contract that divides all marital property and assets, spells out child custody and visitation, and defines the terms under which alimony and child support are awarded after the divorce. The agreement can be reached prior to filing a divorce with the courts, and even while you and your spouse are still living together.

However, in order for a divorce agreement to be enforceable by the courts, it must be incorporated into the divorce filing. While you may have created an agreement with your spouse, until you file for divorce, include the agreement, and request it be incorporated by the courts, it is simply a contract between you and your spouse. It is not an enforceable divorce decree from the courts until it is signed by the judge. When the courts enforce a divorce order, the person that isn’t abiding by the terms of the divorce agreement (also known as being in contempt of the divorce order) can face fines, wage garnishments, and even jail.

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Divorce with Children: How to Cope in 2014

Published by: Scott Spooner • On: 01-21-2014 • Under: General • Tagged: ,

Divorce with children.Divorce with children is a challenge to any family. From the emotional distress of the parents to the problems that will face the children, no matter what their age. Managing these experiences and maintaining your family bonds can be difficult, especially when a divorce ends with hostility. So, how can you manage all of these emotions and obligations without taking further toll on your children? Here are a few tips for parents going through a divorce with children, to keep in mind all year long.

Take time to think and breath – Jumping to angry conclusions immediately only causes more problems. Take a moment to breathe and think of the motivations behind a comment or decision. Likely, they were not meant to intentionally hurt or frustrate you. Evaluate the motivations and calmly react to the situation.

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