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Shepherd divorce raises complex issue of surrogate arrangement

In Georgia and elsewhere, the existence of surrogate parenting arrangements is causing numerous unprecedented legal conflicts that demand resolution. For example, one celebrity divorce case is raising a complex issue regarding the legal implications of entering into a surrogate parenting obligation. Sherri Shepherd, the former co-hostess of The View, is embroiled in a divorce proceeding with her estranged husband, Lamar Sally.

Access to financial records important for divorce proceedings

Unfortunately, divorce affects numerous couples across the country every year, including a significant number here in Georgia. While no one enters a marriage expecting a divorce later, it happens and being prepared for all aspects of divorce proceedings is important. Discussing money and property is a leading cause of contention between divorcing couples. Having access to all financial records and proof of property values may come in handy when establishing fair property division agreements.

Prenuptial contract challenged in billionaire's divorce

In a high net worth divorce in Georgia or elsewhere, the wealthier spouse often relies on a prenuptial agreement to preserve his or her rights in separately owned property. The agreement is an enforceable contract that the couple signs prior to the wedding. It gives the wealthier spouse the absolute ownership of most or all of the property he or she owned prior to the marriage, including post-marriage increases. It restricts greatly the claims that the less wealthy spouse may make if there is a later divorce.

Should prenuptial agreements include social media contingencies?

With the increase in the use of social media, more couples include clauses in prenuptial agreements pertaining to social media use. What is posted on social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, could be a source of concern and marital tension. Prenuptial agreements can include practically any detail that is important to the couple, such as what is allowed to be posted publicly by the two spouses.

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