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Watch Out For – And Avoid – These Underhanded Divorce Tricks

The hurricane of emotions involved in a divorce – anger and resentment, sadness and loss – rarely brings out the best in the people. These emotions can cause even the most level-headed, rational, and kind individuals to act in wildly uncharacteristic ways. For those who are inclined to let negative emotions take control or who, they may see their divorce as an all-out war with their spouse where all is fair – even when it clearly isn’t. All of...

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Alimony Payments Are No Longer Tax Deductible. What Does this Mean for Your Divorce?

For decades, alimony payments were tax-deductible. If you agreed to pay alimony as part of the divorce process (or if a court ordered you to pay alimony in a contentious divorce), you were entitled to deduct your payments from your gross income on your federal tax return. As of 2019, this is no longer the case. For divorces finalized after January 1, 2019, under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act alimony payors are not entitled to a tax deduction....

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Essential Elements of a Georgia Parenting Plan in Child Custody Cases

If they so choose and they’ve resolved all issues between themselves, couples who don’t have children won’t have to deal with each other ever again after the ink dries on their final divorce decree. Divorcing parents, however, don’t have the same luxury. Mom and dad will have to regularly interact and find a way to work together in raising their children if they both want to have meaningful roles as parents. This can be complicated and...

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Getting Divorced? Make These Important Estate Planning Changes

The things that make up a marriage – love, trust, respect – are usually long gone well before the judge signs the final judgment for dissolution of marriage at the end of a divorce. But before a divorce proceeding is filed and while it is pending – which can be for years – a lot doesn’t change, such as the beneficiary of your insurance policy, the person who gets to make health care or financial decisions for you if you become...

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New Georgia Law Bans Use of Handheld Devices While Driving In Effort to Reduce Distracted Driving Tragedies

In 2015, five nursing students from Georgia Southern University were killed when their cars were hit by a tractor-trailer. The truck driver, who was charged with homicide for these senseless deaths, was texting at the time of the collision and completely failed to stop before rear-ending the students. On May 2, 2018, the families of those young people stood behind Gov. Nathan Deal as he signed a new Georgia distracted driving law which...

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10 Questions to Ask When Looking for an Alpharetta Car Accident Attorney

You have probably been on a job interview before. The person interviewing you is considering you for an important job. They want to know about your experience and qualifications. They will want to get a sense of your skills and how you approach your work. They need to know whether you will be responsive and hard-working, and they may want to hear from references who can confirm your qualities. At the end of the interview, you will want them to...

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