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How you can protect your business assets during divorce

As a business owner, you want to make sure your investments are protected. However, if you’re married, you need to know that many of your investments are becoming shared property. There are a few ways to prevent this from happening, but you need to make sure you have the foresight to take these steps before divorce.

First, having a prenuptial agreement or post-nuptial agreement can give you the documents needed to prove your business is yours, not a shared asset. If your husband or wife-to-be signs off on this paper, then you have what you need to keep your asset out of their control.

Georgia struggles with high rate of domestic violence

If you’ve been a victim of domestic violence, you know how important it is that you have safety and support. You may need your attorney to help you with seeking a restraining order or other helpful documents to protect yourself, but knowing that the person who attacked you can’t come near you is key to your safety.

Unfortunately, a report that was released on March 26 has reported that 2015 was actually the deadliest year yet for victims of domestic violence. The report states that domestic violence homicides made up around 10 percent of all violent deaths within the city of Savannah. Across the state, several counties stand out. Chatham County, Fulton County and Gwinnett County all came up on top for total deaths.

What does a child support payment pay for?

Child support is designed to be paid to the parent who has one’s child living in the home. There’s been a misconception in the past that child support only covers the costs of a child as in terms of the bare necessities: food, shelter, medicine, and so on.

The truth is that child support payments cover other things as well. It covers expenses like extracurricular activities, school fees, medical expenses, entertainment, and more.

Key stats about domestic violence

Domestic violence is one of those things that can often make you feel like you’re alone. However, this is very far from the truth, as domestic violence is unfortunately very common in Georgia and all over the United States. Below are a few key stats that you should know.

1. Women in the United States are subjected to physical abuse every nine seconds.

The main predictor of divorce: Contempt in relationships

What is the number one predictor of divorce? Is there any real way to know if divorce could affect your life in the future?

According to the studies performed at The Gottman Institute, contempt is actually the main sign that a couple may go through a divorce in the future. What is contempt? It’s a feeling of negativity, disgust or even eye-rolling at your significant other. Having these feelings sometimes can be natural, but when they’re continuous, that can be a sign of trouble.

What should you know about custody and visitation interference?

When you have custody or visitation rights to your child, those rights were given to you by a judge and are legally binding. If you are meant to see your child every weekend, then your child should be turned over to your care each weekend, unless there is a medical or other predetermined reason that he or she can’t be moved or cared for in another location.

Here are a few questions you may have about custody and what happens if you feel your visitation rights are being hindered.

The legality of being a father in Georgia: How you are recognized

If you’re a father living in Georgia, you want to know that your rights are being preserved. Your child is important to you, and in the case that anything goes wrong with your relationship with your child’s mother or you need to protect your rights, knowing that you’re legally recognized and respected as your child’s guardian is important.

What is a father defined as in Georgia? A biological father is a male who has impregnated a female. It has nothing to do with an emotional bond at that point. From the moment a child is born to a couple, that child has two biological parents, one of which will be legally recognized as a father, the other the mother. A biological father can, at the hospital, sign documents to take his place as a guardian of the child. However, he also can refuse to do so until a paternity test or other concerns are met.

Get the help you need filing for divorce in Gwinnett

If you’ve decided that you want to get a divorce, it’s probably with much debate and maybe even sour feelings. The first thing you’ll need to decide on is the kind of divorce you’re going to pursue. Is someone at fault for the marriage coming to an end, or are both parties to blame in one way or another?

There are several legal requirements for divorce that you need to know about if you live in Georgia, because without meeting them, you won’t be able to file for divorce correctly. Georgia does allow for no-fault divorce, but other grounds can be used to file for divorce, especially if you want to prove that the other person is responsible for your marriage ending. For instance, if your husband or wife has cheated on you during your marriage, you could potentially file for divorce with the grounds of adultery.

Grandparent custody legislation could make custody easier

If you’re facing the decision of allowing your grandchildren to go into foster care or continuing to live under your roof, you’re probably ready to go the extra mile with the help of your attorney to make sure you get custody.

New proposed laws in Georgia could help grandparents like you raise grandchildren without as much of a legal battle as in the past. According to the news, a woman interviewed about raising her grandchildren stated that when her grandkids were 4 and nearly 5 years old, she had filled out paperwork to take them into her custody to avoid foster care.

Senate approves bill for tougher penalties for domestic abuse

If someone has been convicted of domestic violence in the past, should that person be exposed to more serious penalties in the case of a repeat offense? If you’ve been victimized by a domestic violence offender, then your opinion may be that people who offend more than once deserve much harsher penalties. That’s what the Georgia Senate believes, too, and soon, you and your attorney may be able to seek harsher penalties for those who are abusive to the people they are meant to be in a loving relationship with.

The Georgia Senate has backed tougher penalties for repeat offenders in a new bill, Senate Bill 193. The bill, if it passes both the Senate and House, will allow the potential misdemeanor charge for domestic violence to be raised to a felony charge instead if there was a prior out-of-state conviction for domestic violence.

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