Extreme Caution When Dividing Retirement Benefits

Divorcing spouses need to use extreme caution when dividing their retirement benefits.  Pro-se litigants especially can reap severe consequences by not understanding the importance of having a QDRO drafted for certain retirement plans. Be aware that when a QDRO is needed, it should be drafted with great specificity. Any attempt to not utilize a QDRO when applicable can result in … Continue reading Extreme Caution When Dividing Retirement Benefits

Determining if Separate Maintenance is the best choice for you

Couples may decide not to divorce for a variety of reasons.  In Georgia, an alternative to divorce is separate maintenance (also referred to as legal separation).  A separate maintenance action can address a number of issues such as: custody/visitation, which party will pay for each debt of the parties while separated, and financial maintenance for a party and/or … Continue reading Determining if Separate Maintenance is the best choice for you

Paternity and DNA Testing (GA)

There are a number of reasons to have the paternity of one's child established.  However, in Georgia, fathers should be mindful that establishing paternity or acknowledging paternity does not give a father, whose child is born out-of-wedlock, legal rights to that child.  The child must be legitimated.  Legally establishing paternity through genetic testing should be considered whenever paternity is in question.  To find out … Continue reading Paternity and DNA Testing (GA)