Spousal support is something that many people wonder if they can get. You may want to separate from your spouse, but if you don’t have the financial support to do so, it could be difficult. Spousal support could be the answer to those concerns.
When you sit down and think about spousal support, it’s important to question a few things. Ask yourself:
- Do I know my budget and how much I need to live a similar lifestyle on my own?
- Do my spouse and I earn similar wages or have vastly different salaries?
- Do I have financial losses from the divorce, such as the money spent to provide for my spouse’s schooling while working toward a higher-paying career and the loss of that future income?
All of these kinds of questions can be helpful when you’re thinking about seeking spousal support.
No one is entitled to spousal support just by virtue of being divorced, but if you earn less than your spouse and need support to be able to go back to school or get settled in a new career, then it is something that you can ask for. If you and your spouse can’t agree on alimony, then the court may consider many factors before deciding if it will be awarded. The court may look at your age, health, the length of your marriage, the ability to pay support and other factors when determining if you should receive it.
Your attorney will work with you to build a strong case for spousal support, so you have a better chance of receiving what you ask for. Our site has more information on the steps to take next.
You may be someone who did not get an excessive amount of patience when it came to personality traits. You do your best to be patient with others, but when you see something that needs to be done or when you want something to move forward, you find yourself getting frustrated and antsy when you have to wait.
You may feel particularly antsy now because you and your spouse have decided to file for divorce. Though you agree that ending the marriage is for the best, you do not see any reason to linger in a relationship that no longer makes you happy. As a result, you want your divorce process to move forward as quickly as possible.
How long can it take?
Though you want your divorce to go quickly, you may want to start practicing patience now. A number of details could affect the amount of time it takes for your case to come to completion. In some aspects, you may be able to help your case move forward, but when it comes to other details, you may have little to no control over how long they take. Some time-consuming matters to prepare for include the following:
- Child custody proceedings: If you have young kids, your case will take longer than a couple who never had children or whose children are adults.
- State laws: In Georgia, it can take months to several years for a divorce case to come to an end, and it depends on the circumstances of each case.
- Drawing up documents: Your attorney may need to draw up a number of documents during your case, and because he or she likely has other clients at the same time, it could take weeks to get the documents you need.
- Disagreements: If you and your spouse cannot compromise or come to any agreements about the divorce terms, expect your case to take a while.
- Judgments and orders: The judge involved in your case will have to go over your paperwork and approve or deny any petitions. Again, because judges have a lot to do, your paperwork could take months to finalize.
You may already feel the little patience you have waning, but it is better to prepare for a lengthy divorce than to allow it to cause you additional stress and frustration. Still, if you have concerns about the length of your case, you may want to speak with a family law attorney about how you can speed up your process.
Any change in life can be difficult to handle. Even if you know a change is coming, you may not know the best way to tackle the obstacles that may come with it. For example, you know that you are getting a divorce, but you do not know how the process will affect your assets and financial affairs. Understandably, you may feel a bit apprehensive.
Luckily, you do not have to go into the divorce process blindly or wait for a judge to tell you what will happen with your assets. Georgia is an equitable division state, which means that the courts divide marital property as fairly as possible. However, that does not mean that you cannot take steps to protect your assets before and during your proceedings.
Managing your affairs
One of the biggest risks to take during a divorce is not understanding your finances and which assets belong to whom. You may have certain items that you consider yours and yours alone, but would the law consider them separate property? If you acquired the assets before marriage or did not commingle them with marital assets, you may be right in thinking your spouse has no claim to them. However, you may need evidence, such as receipts, that can verify the time of purchase or acquisition.
You also need to know the location of those assets. You may have money in banks, investments, liquid assets, personal items in storage and much more for which you need to account.
Have your paperwork
Financial documents play an important role in divorce cases and can act as evidence of your ownership of assets or as evidence of shared assets. These documents can also help you better understand your financial affairs as a whole. Additionally, having these documents in paper form and not just electronically is wise. If your soon-to-be ex-spouse changes a password, you could find yourself locked out of important information with just a few taps of a keyboard.
You may not anticipate your spouse carrying out any type of vindictive actions during your divorce, but it still pays to protect your assets and financial future. When it comes to finding the best way to handle your particular case, you may want to confer with a knowledgeable divorce attorney. This legal professional can provide you with information on state property division laws, your rights and your options for protecting assets.
Your marriage is over, for all intents and purposes. Nevertheless, you and your spouse have agreed to wait until after the holidays to officially start the process to divorce. While this may have seemed like a reasonable decision at the time, you now realize you have to slog through the holidays like a happily married couple to avoid ruining the festive joy for everyone else.
This may seem like an impossible task, especially if you are starting to feel like you just want the whole thing to be over so you can get on with your life. Still, there are some things you can do so this holiday season is not a stressful and frustrating time for you and everyone around you.
Work together to get through it
Divorce is a fact of life, and the holidays can be especially difficult. Expectations are high, and disappointment often follows. In fact, the period following the winter holidays is often the busiest season for divorce attorneys. This may not relieve the stress you are feeling when you consider the dinners, parties and intimate family gatherings ahead.
Whether some people already know some details or no one knows anything, you may want a game plan to anticipate any confrontations about your marriage. If you and your spouse are on the same page before you attend any of these events, you may avoid some awkward moments and tense arguments in the hours and days afterward. Ideally, you and your spouse can decide the following:
- If you will share any information or discuss your divorce plans during holiday events
- How much information you will disclose
- Which friends or relatives with whom you choose not to discuss your private matters
- How you will behave toward each other during the holiday gatherings
- Which gatherings you may be better off avoiding altogether this year
Additionally, it is only decent to let your spouse know who in your circles, if anyone, is already privy to information about your marriage. This can spare your spouse the embarrassment of having your cousin or coworker blindside your spouse with personal questions or accusations.
Making your own plans
While you may have decided to postpone your legal proceedings until after the holidays, you can still be making plans to protect yourself when the time comes. The more information you have about your rights under Georgia law, the more likely you are to obtain a fair settlement or court order in your divorce. A skilled attorney can provide you with facts and options that can help you make prudent decisions.
It is always intimidating to learn that you are under investigation for suspected criminal activity, especially if you do not fully understand the nature of the allegations against you. White-collar crimes are serious, but many people fail to comprehend the severe nature of these charges and the potential penalties a conviction can bring.
White-collar crimes are financially motivated crimes. In most cases, these crimes lack an element of violence, but a conviction can result in penalties that can change the course of your life. If you are already facing charges of white-collar crime or you believe you may be soon, it is in your interests to act quickly to build a strong defense strategy.
Common types of white-collar crimes
White-collar crime is a term used to describe criminal activity that involves taking money or sensitive information through deceptive or fraudulent means. White-collar cases are complex, and they take a long time to investigate. If you are under investigation, you can go ahead and start working on an appropriate defense by which you can effectively confront charges that may come against you in the future. Some of the most common types of white-collar criminal charges include:
- Tax evasion: which is avoiding paying taxes through various means
- Money laundering: which is moving illegally gained money through various means to make it seem clean
- Embezzlement: which is taking money from a person to whom the defendant owed some type of duty, such as a financial advisor
- Fraud: which is taking money through types of deception, trickery and other deceitful means
White-collar crime cases often involve both state and federal laws, which means that the penalties for a conviction can be steep. It is in your interests to act quickly to protect your rights and seek experienced Georgia defense counsel, even if your case is still in the investigative stage.
Your defense can start now
You do not have to wait until there are formal charges against you to start working on your defense. The sooner you move forward with starting a plan for your defense, the better you will be able to fight back and protect your future interests.
When facing criminal charges of any kind, your future is at stake. You have the right to a presumption of innocence as well as the right to confront the charges against you and present evidence for the benefit of your defense.