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A very interesting read.

This is a very intersting read.


Morning show host files divorce but remains living with spouse

A popular morning show on MSNBC is called "Morning Joe." The nationally televised show is seen in Georgia and is hosted by Joe Scarborough, a 50-year-old former Florida congressman. He quietly filed for divorce from his wife of 12 years, Susan Waren, back in Sept. 2012. They have two minor children, ages 10 and 5. According to divorce papers uncovered by TMZ, he gets paid $99,000 per week, which equates to about $400,000 per month.

The couple has an unusual arrangement in this uncontested divorce, perhaps for the welfare of their children. They'll remain living together in their Connecticut home, and Joe will keep paying the mortgage. They share joint legal custody, so that he'll not pay child support. Furthermore, his alimony payments will be a relatively paltry $30,000 per month for the first five years, according to court papers.

The cost of a Georgia divorce

Georgia residents may be interested to learn that, according to a recent survey among childless couples who are getting a divorce, their main concern is how much it will cost financially. The couples who have children say that custody issues are number one, but finances are included in that concern as well. It does not seem to matter how much money a person has -- cost is always an issue in divorce proceedings.

Cost also plays a part in which attorney people will hire to handle their divorce. There are people who try to take on the divorce themselves, but quite a few of those end up hiring someone to handle it for them. A personal recommendation for legal representation is also cited as an important factor in reaching a decision regarding whom to hire.

Advice on child custody for Georgia parents

A divorce is really hard on not just the two spouses but also the children who are involved. Child custody is a main factor when finalizing a Georgia divorce agreement. Among the most-asked concerns about child custody are where the children will live and which parent will make the majority of decisions about the children.

There are two types of child custody typically awarded to a parent. The first is physical custody, which deals with where the children will live and spend most of their time. In some cases, joint custody will be awarded if there is an opportunity for the children to spend nearly equal time with both parents. This type of custody will really only benefit the children if the parents live fairly close to each other and the children's schedules can remain consistent. In other cases, the children will live with one parent and have visitation time with the other.

How does an embryo affect a Georgia divorce?

It seems that the laws on child custody and support are complicated enough when it comes to a Georgia divorce. With reproductive science advancing every day, it brings even more questions and concerns. The laws concerning the divorce process as it relates to the welfare of children from the marriage will need to be examined and, in many cases, changed.

Up until now, embryos were legally considered property and not living human beings. A situation fitting this legal viewpoint is being looked at in a divorce case from another state. While filing for divorce, the wife is asking for her husband to pay to have her eggs frozen, as she had wanted children during the marriage but none were conceived. She was getting older and her opportunity to have children was waning. She did not want her husband's sperm, as previous in vitro fertility treatments had not worked, so he would not be responsible for child support if they were divorced before she bore any children.

Georgia couples seeking divorce have several options

There is a certain view of divorce. The major view often portrayed on fictionalized television shows is of bitterness, hatred and contention. While this isn't necessary an untrue portrayal of some people's divorce, Georgia couples actually have several options to a more peaceful resolution. While some couples are destined for litigation, others can avoid an open, public battle in a courtroom.

Besides the traditional divorce that plays out in the courtroom, some couples actually choose a different route. One option is cooperative divorce in which both spouses choose their own lawyers who are directed to reach a settlement. A second option is a collaborative divorce; in this version, each spouse chooses their own lawyers. The lawyers and spouses, along with a mental health and financial expert, come to a settlement, to be approved by a judge. A third option is mediation in which both spouses meet with a single mediator who helps the divorcing couple come to a settlement.

When is the time right for a Georgia divorce?

A Georgia spouse may be contemplating divorce but in some cases it can be hard to figure out the right time to actually commit to going through with it. While there may be some feelings left for the other marriage partner, a person needs to do what is best for him or herself. There are some signs that a person may be remaining too long in a marriage that has been over for a while and divorce is inevitable.

No marriage is wonderful and joyous all the time but when there is more dreading than happiness when with the other person, that is usually one sign that the relationship should end. Sometimes some of the behaviors that attracted partners to each other end up being more annoying than attractive. If this is the case a majority of the time spent together, it could mean it is time to part ways.

A Georgia divorce made easier?

Divorce can be a difficult time for a couple, whether in Georgia or any other state. So many divorces end up in a courtroom where the lives of both parties are laid out for the world to see. There is another option for divorce proceedings that offers more privacy and is beginning to become more popular.

This option is called a collaborative divorce. It used to be that only the more affluent couples used this type of divorce because not going through the court system assured more privacy concerning the details of the separation. The process has recently become more affordable to a greater number of people.

Facing financial fears in a Georgia divorce

Going through a divorce, whether in Georgia or any other state, can be a very scary time for both spouses. A recent report has focused on three financial fears most people going through a divorce usually have. Along with naming those fears, the report gives some suggestions on how to reduce them.

The report gave identities to each spouse within the marriage. The "out" spouse is the partner who has not dealt with any of the financial experiences during the marriage. This would range anywhere from paying the monthly bills to consulting with the family's legal representation. The "in" spouse not only has the knowledge of all financial activities of the partnership, he or she does not usually have the fiscal fear the "out" spouse may experience.

How a long deployment may affect a Georgia divorce

Most Georgia residents understand that military deployments take an unbelievable toll on the enlisted member. Although not nearly as extreme, family members left behind are usually negatively impacted, as well. For some military members, they come back from a long employment to face the circumstance of divorce. The Department of Defense backed a study that revealed that there is a greater chance of divorce with an extended deployment.

A nine-year period and a sampling of just fewer than 500,000 married military members were used for the study. Before 9/11, it was found that 28 percent of marriages did not last more than three years if one or both partners were deployed for at least a year. In contrast, the rate of divorce for those couples who married after 9/11 was lower. It is thought the reason for that is that the couples were better prepared to handle the hardships of war and deployment.

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