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Study finds student loan debt can strain marriages

People in Georgia who carry large amounts of debt, including student loan debt, may be more vulnerable to divorce than those who are debt-free. Three times more people have more than $50,000 in student loan debt than they did a decade ago. The average student loan balance of $34,000 is 62% higher than it was 10 years ago.

Insurance that may be needed after a divorce

Some people in Georgia who are getting a divorce may need to get new medical and life insurance. Often, higher-earning spouses have the lower-earning spouse on an employer-sponsored health insurance plan. The spouse may have the option to extend the plan through COBRA, but this is both temporary and expensive. The Affordable Care Act may mean that less costly options are available even if the person has a preexisting condition.

Claiming children as dependents on taxes after divorce

With the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Georgia parents can no longer use the personal exemption when filing their tax returns. However, they can take twice the amount for the child tax credit, $2,000 instead of $1,000, along with the Dependent Care Credit.

What may happen to a business in a divorce

When Georgia entrepreneurs start a business, they can include language in the company's organizing documents that specifies that if there is a divorce, the business cannot be transferred to their spouse. However, if the person has already started the business, a pre- or post-nuptial agreement may also offer protection.

Friends may be the spark a person needs to get divorced

A Georgia resident who is on the fence about getting divorced may be silently encouraged to separate by their friends. If friends have already gone through divorce, one might see that separation can be a way to move forward as opposed to a bad way to end a relationship. Individuals may look even more favorably on divorce if a friend's split was amicable or relatively free of drama.

Preparing for alimony during a divorce

When Georgia couples think about divorce, they may be especially concerned about the financial ramifications of ending a marriage. Not only does divorce come with the division of marital property, but alimony could also be part of the final settlement. Depending on the situation, spousal support may be temporary or long term.

How shared assets are split during a divorce

Getting a divorce in Georgia is more complicated than most people realize. After spending years with a spouse, a divorcee might not be sure what their financial future has in store for them. That is why it is so important to figure out one's finances as soon as separating becomes a real possibility. Splitting assets is much easier when both parties know all of their rights and responsibilities.

Divorce can be a time of financial shocks

When people in Georgia decide to divorce, the financial effects of ending a marriage can be some of the most difficult to deal with, even beyond emotional and practical concerns. Ending a marriage can force difficult financial reckonings for both spouses, especially when it comes to learning the full extent of family debt and making changes to support fiscal sustainability as a single person. One recent study of 1,750 divorcing women looked at the kind of financial surprises that can accompany a divorce, especially as nearly half of the participants said they faced unexpected changes.

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