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February 2013 Archives

Georgia couples should consider prenuptial agreements

Although they are becoming more common, many Georgia readers might still attach a stigma to prenuptial or postnuptial contracts. For example, some may avoid such contracts, fearing it would send the wrong message to a future or current spouse. Others may believe the contracts to be unnecessary, as divorce law provides ample guidelines for the division of property and other matters, such as child custody and support.

Retirement assets may be overlooked in divorce

Dividing retirement accounts and investments may be the last thing on the minds of a Georgia couple going through a divorce. Issues like child custody, alimony or real estate often seem to get more attention. As a result, a divorcing individual may agree to a buyout of a retirement asset, just in the name of administrative ease. However, doing so could shortchange one's long-term financial planning and lead to nasty tax consequences.

February: season of love or divorce?

The month of February calls for more than black history celebration, a day for remembering Presidents, and the nation's top greeting card holiday. A recent study shows that, Valentine's Day, a holiday best known for bringing loved ones closer together, may also mark a season of separation. The study, receiving data from New York, California, and Illinois, shows an 18% average increase of divorce rates during the month of February and a 38% spike after the Valentine's holiday.

Real estate valuation tips for divorcing Georgia couples

A recent article reminds Georgia couples that the division of martial property may bring unwelcome surprises around tax filing time. Needless to say, a divorced spouse will likely have different exemptions and deductions, due to the property division ordered by the divorce decree.

Unemployment status may affect Georgia divorce rates

Georgia readers may wonder whether the current economic recession -- and accompanying unemployment -- is impacting the state's divorce rates. According to new research, the answer depends on gender.

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