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As the Pandemic Continues, Will COVID-19 Lead to a Surge in Divorce Rates?

Posted by on November 30, 2020 in Divorce

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a serious toll on American families with little regard to their age, location, wealth, or faith. Many Americans have faced job loss, making it difficult to provide for their families. Others find themselves ill-equipped to handle remote learning, leading to worries about their children’s social and academic wellbeing. Some have even lost friends and family members to the virus and are struggling with a profound sense of grief and loss. It is no surprise, then, that experts have been predicting a pandemic-fueled...

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Alimony, Child Support, and COVID-19-Related Job Loss

Posted by on October 30, 2020 in Blog, Child Support

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a significant toll. With over 200,000 dead from the virus in the United States, it has radically reshaped our society and likely will continue to do so for many years to come. The pandemic’s effects are not only health-related; however, the virus and its associated lockdowns have wreaked havoc on the economy, with an estimated 22.2 million jobs lost since the pandemic began. Although the COVID-19 virus itself has not affected alimony and child support payments, the economic woes it has created most assuredly...

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COVID-19 and Child Custody

Posted by on September 30, 2020 in Blog, Child Custody and Visitation

The COVID-19 pandemic’s effects are being felt throughout the family courts. In September 2020, a judge in a child custody case declined to grant custody to the child’s mother due to her refusal to wear a face mask. The child, a 14-year-old who suffers from asthma — an underlying condition known to increase the threat of developing complications of the virus — was deemed to be uniquely vulnerable and, as such, could be endangered by living with his or her mother. The judge also ordered that in-person visits would be monitored to ensure that...

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Domestic Violence Is on the Rise During the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted by on August 31, 2020 in Blog

During normal times, individuals and families spend at least some part of their days away from each other, whether that is at work or at school. But during the COVID-19 crisis, restrictions on movement have forced families to hunker down in close proximity for extended periods of time. These types of living situations can be difficult and cause tempers to flare, particularly given the stress and anxiety surrounding the crisis. For some families, however, being trapped in a house for extended periods of time with certain individuals can become...

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COVID-19 and Divorce: Issues to Consider

Posted by on July 31, 2020 in Blog, Divorce

The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed radical changes in our society in an extremely short amount of time. With each passing day, anxiety grows about what the future may bring and what the “new normal” will look like. For many, the stresses of the pandemic, such as working from home, canceling long-held plans, and homeschooling children, have taken a deep emotional toll. Individuals who are going through family law issues face even deeper challenges, as divorce, child custody, and spousal support considerations are disruptive even in the...

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Filing for Bankruptcy? Get Answers to Your FAQs

Posted by on June 30, 2020 in Bankruptcy

Given everything that has taken place throughout our country over the last few months, the prospect of filing for bankruptcy can be confusing and scary for many who are considering doing so. While almost everyone understands the basics of what bankruptcy is and generally how it works, very few individuals totally understand the full scope of bankruptcy and what impacts it can have on their lives. Below are some of the most common questions and answers we receive from clients who are considering filing for bankruptcy. For more information...

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Bankruptcy and COVID-19: What You Need to Know

Posted by on May 29, 2020 in Bankruptcy, Blog

The global coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19, its disease, has presented the world with one its most significant challenges in decades, wreaking havoc on nearly every aspect of our lives. With most affected countries virtually on lockdown, it has taken a significant toll on the global economy. This economic disruption has cost millions their jobs, with the number job loss claims in the United States rising to the highest levels on record in recent weeks. Without jobs, bills can’t be paid. And when bills can’t be paid, aggressive collection...

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Breaking Down Georgia’s Child Custody Law

Posted by on May 27, 2020 in Child Custody and Visitation

How Does a Georgia Judge Decide What is in a Child’s “Best Interest”? As a preliminary matter, and in contrast to the way the law used to be in the past, Georgia law explicitly provides that “there shall be no prima-facie right to the custody of the child in the father or mother. There shall be no presumption in favor of any particular form of custody, legal or physical, nor in favor of either parent.” O.C.G.A § 19-9-3(a)(1). Rather, Georgia judges have broad discretion to evaluate a wide range of factors and circumstances to “determine...

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Governor Kemp Clarifies Shelter in Place Order’s Effect on Custodial Arrangements

Posted by on April 17, 2020 in Blog, Child Custody and Visitation

On March 14, 2020, Governor Kemp issued Executive Order 03.14.20.01 declaring a public health state of emergency in Georgia to stop further spread of Covid-19. He then issued Executive Order 04.02.20.01, directing all residents and visitors of the state of Georgia to practice social distancing and to shelter in place in their homes. As with most shelter in place orders nationwide, there was a great deal of confusion and concern over its exact scope. One of those concerns was what the order meant for joint custody arrangements and whether...

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Bankruptcy and Property Division in a Divorce

Posted by on February 28, 2020 in Bankruptcy, Blog, Divorce

Many Americans have debts of all kinds, whether it be student loan debt, credit card debt, auto loan debt, etc. Individuals who encounter unexpected financial setbacks often fall behind on paying their debts, which begins the unpleasant collections process. For debts that are truly insurmountable, bankruptcy offers debtors a fresh start by allowing them to liquidate their debts or create a more manageable payment plan. However, bankruptcy filings affect all areas of the debtor’s financial life — including property division in a divorce.  What...

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