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Georgia Divorce Basics

What to Know About Divorce in Atlanta, GA

The 4 Parts of a Divorce

Georgia Divorce Explained



Child Custody

Child Custody
Determines Two Main Things

Whom the child / children live and spend time with.


Who makes the major decisions for the child / children. 

There are Two Types of Custody

Legal Custody

Who makes the major decisions for the child / children. 

Physical Custody

Which parent the child / children spend time with and when

Property Division

Property Division Addresses the Distribution Between the Parties of Two Main Things


Credit Card Debt


Car Leases and Loans

Student Loan Debt

Other Financial Liabilties



Retirement Accounts




Other Valuable Property

The Two Different Types of Property
in a Divorce


Generally, anything acquired by the parties during the marriage. Marital Property is subject to division. 


Generally, anything acquired by the individuals before the marriage. Separate Property is not subject to division

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Child Support

What Is
Child Support?

Child support is a certain amount of financial support that one parent pays to the other to help cover the costs of raising a child / children.

How is Child Support Determined?

Child support is calculated using Georgia's Child Support Worksheet (also known as Georgia's Child Support Calculator), which can be found here.

There are 3 Main Parts
in a Child Support Determination


Adjustments to the child support amount that was calculated by the parties gross income.

Income of Each Parent

Determined by gross income. That is, income before taxes

Other Expenses

Daycare Costs

Insurance Costs

Special/Extraordinary Expenses


What is Alimony?

Alimony is a certain amount of financial support paid by one spouse / ex-spouse to the other for the separate maintenance and support of that spouse / ex-spouse.
The Two Primary Considerations in
Alimony Determinations

Needs of One Spouse

Based on the circumstances, does one spouse need financial support from the other?

Ability to Pay

Does the other spouse have the financial resources to pay alimony for the support of their ex, and if so, how much should it be?


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