When a celebrity couple gets divorced, the details of their settlement often make headlines. Take Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, for example. You may have heard through the grapevine that Mr. Banderas will be paying Ms. Griffith $65,000 per month in alimony, also known as “spousal support”. You may be wondering where on earth that number came from and, certainly if you are contemplating divorce yourself, you are probably wondering what you may be entitled to or required to pay.
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Divorce 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.
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.
Alimony, 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
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.
If you suspect your spouse is having an inappropriate relationship outside of your marriage, there are certain do’s and don’ts to follow. Understandably, when you suspect a cheating spouse, emotions run high and you could make some bad decisions. Be aware that some actions you take could even result in criminal charges being brought against you! Below are some “do’s and don’ts” if you ever find yourself in this situation:
Do you want a real estate attorney or a first-year attorney handling your divorce? Would you let your dentist perform heart surgery on you? Would you want a first-year heart surgeon doing the surgery? The answers to all of these questions are likely “no.”
The economy has had a devastating impact to many areas of our society and the legal field has not been immune. Many attorneys have seen a substantial decline in their area of practice. For example, at the peak of the real estate boom, there were thousands of busy real estate attorneys conducting real estate closings. However, in recent years, real estate closings are down significantly. Many of these attorneys were either terminated from their firm or experienced a significant decrease in work. In addition, many non-lawyers who lost their jobs in other fields went to law school. These recent law school graduates are now entering the work force.
After a divorce, family situations can change: the children get older, jobs change, a former spouse relocates, or you or your ex-spouse remarries. Many of life’s twists and turns can result in the need for a change to your divorce decree.
Often the parties reach a mutual agreement on revising the terms of the divorce. For example, if one parent moves, the parents may agree to change their visitation arrangement. If there is an income change, the parents may agree to modify child support or other monetary obligations. In many situations, the former spouses reach a verbal agreement or even write up an agreement, but many fail to have their divorce decree changed by the Court. Saving a few dollars on an attorney now can result in expensive consequences later.