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How do hidden debts factor into the divorce settlement?

On Behalf of | Jan 25, 2024 | Divorce |

Divorce is a challenging journey that often involves the disentanglement of shared lives, emotions and assets.

In Georgia, marital asset distribution follows a set of rules, but hidden debts can add a layer of complexity to the process.

The significance of marital assets

Upon divorce in Georgia, marital assets are subject to equitable distribution. This means that the court strives to divide these assets fairly, taking into consideration various factors. While the law seeks equity, hidden debts can throw a wrench into this already intricate process.

Discovering hidden debts

One of the challenges spouses face is uncovering hidden debts. These debts, unknown to one party, often accumulate during the marriage and could significantly impact asset distribution. In a recent survey of divorcees, 36% responded that they or their spouse hid debt. It is important for both parties to disclose all financial information transparently.

Impact on equitable distribution

When hidden debts come to light, they become part of the overall financial picture. The court considers all debts, whether known or concealed, when determining how to equitably distribute marital assets. This ensures a more accurate reflection of the financial landscape.

Unraveling financial entanglements

Unraveling hidden debts involves a meticulous examination of financial records. Courts consider factors such as the origin of the debt, its purpose and whether it directly benefited the marriage. This process aims to distinguish between individual debts and those incurred for the benefit of the marital partnership.

In the complex landscape of divorce in Georgia, hidden debts can significantly influence the distribution of marital assets. Transparency and thorough disclosure are necessary for a fair outcome.

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