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Even under the best circumstances, going through a divorce can be a trying process for everyone involved. Whether one spouse initiated the divorce or both agreed that it was time to bring their marriage to an end, it is not unusual for recently divorced individuals to experience feelings of stress, sadness, shame, anxiety and even fear about the future. Children of all ages who witness the end of their parents’ marriage can go through similar emotions as well, with younger children often taking their parents’ divorces the hardest.

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Many times during and after a divorce proceeding, a parent start dating again. This can be tricky for many parents who are concerned with how dating may impact their children and any potential Georgia child custody laws including divorce. Whether it is during a divorce or child custody battle, there are some issues that could impact your current or future case.

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Spousal Support is Not a Right in Georgia

Many people who are considering a divorce or who are already going through the process of divorce wonder if they will be required to pay alimony to their spouse. While both parents are legally obligated to support their children when a divorce occurs, there are no state requirements for spousal support (alimony) in Georgia. Rather than being a “right,” the court may award spousal support in certain situations. It is important to understand that an alimony award is not based upon gender, but is instead based upon the court’s finding that one spouse has a demonstrated need for financial assistance and the other spouse has the ability to pay the amount.

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