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An overview of the child support process

In Georgia and any other state, a noncustodial parent is responsible for helping to raise his or her child. The husband of the baby's mother is presumed to be the child's legal father. If the child's parents aren't married, paternity needs to be established before a person can be ordered to pay child support. In some cases, a father will voluntarily acknowledge his paternity. A DNA test can also be conducted to determine the identity of a child's father.

Study finds student loan debt creating marriage strain

Student loan debts could put a serious strain on the marriages of some Georgia couples. A study by Student Loan Hero found that 13 percent of divorced borrowers said student loans caused the end of their relationship. Over a third said that student loan debt combined with other financial issues played a part. With the cost of college continuing to rise, millennials are taking on more and more debt on their education. The average debt is around $34,000, but some people owe more than $50,000.

Survey looks at surprises, fears of divorcing women

Some women in Georgia may be unprepared for the financial reality of divorce. According to a survey by the online marketplace Worthy, almost half of all women who were divorced said they had encountered unpleasant financial surprises during their divorce. Women reported their number one fear in a divorce was the difficulty of living on one income followed by the fear of what the divorce would cost.

How to plan for the long-term financial impact of divorce

Georgia residents who are going through the divorce process might want to consider the long-ranging financial impacts of separating from a spouse. According to a report from the Center of Retirement Research, about half of American retirees find it hard to maintain the standard of life they were accustomed to when they were working. However, households that have experienced a divorce are at a 7 percent higher risk of facing a lower standard of living.

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