Georgia is one of the United States’ leading divorce states. Couples in Georgia is steadily divorcing. The Georgia House of Representatives is seeking to make obtaining a divorce in Georgia a bit lengthier, in an attempt to discourage divorce. Georgia legislatures seem to be following other states around the nation, such as North Carolina, in making a legislative attempt to discourage divorce. For example, North Carolina has a one year waiting period for divorcing couples that may be extended to two years in the coming years. The proposed new law in Georgia would be a big change from how Georgia divorces are granted today and from years passed. Attorney Tiffany R. Lunn suggests that you read more about the proposed changes in the article: Is the Way We Divorce In America About To Change? Citizens should be encouraged to weigh in with their state representatives with their views on the issue.
Domestic Violence is sometimes linked to family law cases including but not exclusive to divorce, legitimation, and child custody. The Georgia Commission of Family Violence and the Coalition Against Domestic Violence released its 2012 domestic violence homicide report. The report is an effort to address the problem of domestic violence homicide and to analyze ways to decrease such homicides in the future. The report is a call to action so that the public recognizes the domestic violence is a huge issue in Georgia and in this country. You can find out more information here and on the Fatality Review website.
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Lunn Law LLC and Attorney Tiffany Lunn have opened a new office location at 255 Racetrack Road McDonough GA 30252. Lunn Law LLC’s Henry County location was opened so that our law office could better assist those south of the main office in Jonesboro, GA. Lunn Law LLC will still maintain its main office in Jonesboro, GA (Clayton County) and Attorney Tiffany Lunn will be serving the McDonough,GA location as well. If you would like to contact Lunn Law LLC, you should call 770-492-2974.
The judge has signed the Final Judgement and Decree of Divorce and it has been entered into the court’s records. Now the parties have to decide what their next steps will be. There are a number of things to consider after a divorce and parties should have a plan in place on how they want to approach this new phase in their lives.
Firstly, the parties should make sure they obtain at least one certified copy of the Final Judgment and Decree of Divorce. A certified copy is often needed for any official business where proof of divorce is required so it isn’t not uncommon where more than one copy will be needed. The court oftentimes will provide the parties with one certified copy, but addition copies beyond the first are often a per page fee.
Secondly, read your Final Judgment and Decree of Divorce again so that you are sure to keep up with your obligations and be sure to read any post-divorce document that your attorney may provide to you as a resource. It is important that you keep up with obligations so that you are not facing legal action for contempt, placing your judgment as a parental figure in question or worsening your financial status.
Thirdly, if a child or children are involved, you should make sure that all the necessary child support documents have been received by the appropriate agencies and/or employers, if applicable. Additionally, divorced parents must find a way to co-parent in their newly defined roles as unmarried parents and attempt to make the relationship cordial enough that they can function in a healthy way as pertains to the child (ren) involved.
Fourthly, divorce persons may also want to re-evaluate their circle of friends and acquaintances and determine which ones are healthy and positive and which ones they may need to move away from. Oftentimes, divorced persons have a difficult time with how to correspond with mutual friends of their now ex-spouse.
Fifthly, divorced persons will attempt to make sure that they transfer all assets as dictated in the Final Judgment and Decree of Divorce as soon as possible. When transfers still need to take place it is better to try to get them completed right away so that there is complete finality in regards to joint financial obligations. Doing so will cause less complications.
Lastly, action should be taken to make sure that all important documents are updated. Such documents include Last Will and Testament, insurance policies, power of attorneys, banking accounts, credit accounts and emergency contact information on file with your employer or other agencies/businesses. See our article pertaining to Last Will and Testaments here.
Lunn Law LLC and Tiffany R. Lunn, Esq want you to be aware of the steps you should take after divorce. You should make every attempt to follow your Decree of Divorce strictly and speak to an experienced divorce and/or contempt attorney about the particulars of your circumstances if for some reason you are not able to fulfill your obligations.
Whether we are referring to divorce, child custody, contempt or another type of dispute that may end up in court, the importance of journaling important events as they happen can not be understated. If you have not been journaling important events as they have taken place in your marriage,while co-parenting, or of other contentious situations then you should do so immediately. It can help you in court and also assist your attorney with preparing the strongest possible case for you.
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Henry County officials are sponsoring a system-wide event called “Parent University” on August 31, 2010 to provide parents with additional tools for child rearing. If your child attends school in Henry County or you know someone whose child attends school in Henry County, find out more details about this event by clicking on the link below.