Anything you say…

Have you ever watched a criminal television show and seen someone arrested? If so, then you probably have memorized the reading of Miranda rights: “…Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law…”. While what you say can be used against you, the same is true for anything you write. Did you know that you are potentially creating evidence everytime you write something? You may want to think twice before sending that e-mail, text message, facebook post or mailing a letter. Technology makes it very easy for us to instantly communicate or respond to each other but lulls us away from thinking about what we are communicating before sending. It’s usually a good idea to “sleep on it” before you decide to hit send. If you are represented by an attorney, ask your attorney to review your message before sending.

Deferred Exchange and Divorce

If you are contemplating divorce and own real property, there are several tax and legal considerations that you must be aware of before committing to a 1031 exchange. Below is a link to a great article on the timing and impact of deferred exchanges before, during and after a divorce.


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Laura W. Anderson Esq LLC does not intend the article or website as legal or financial advice.

How much child support will I get?

In Georgia, parties to a divorce are required to complete a sworn financial statement called a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit. Information in this document is then entered in the Georgia Child Support Worksheet, which populates a child support obligation for both parties. Income of the parties, the number of children, any special needs of the children, social security payments and other factors are used to determine the child support amount. In some cases an upward or downward deviation in the child support amount may be applied based on high or low income. It is important to have an attorney assist you in entering in your financial data correctly in the child suport worksheet to ensure the obligation is computed fairly and accurately.

One example of child support based soley on the parties the parties’ combined adjusted monthly income of $10,000.00 for one child is $1,259.00. This is not necessarily the amount you would pay if your combined monthly income was $10,000.00 with one child. This is an example for illustrative purposes.

Not obeying the Court’s Order

If you have been through a divorce or modification, what happens if the other party does not do what the settlement agreement or what the Court has ordered them to do? If you are reading this blog, you are probably waiting on an overdue child support payment. If this is the case, the first thing to do is read the settlement agreement or Court’s order carefully to make sure the other party is in willfull non-compliance. If found in willfull contempt, the other party can be punished by the Court and forced to comply with the Order.

Usually, child support payments must be thirty (30) days late. There are exceptions, such as if the non-paying parent has a history of being late. You should consult an attorney to determine whether the other party is in willfull contempt and how to prevent late payments in the future.

End-Of-Life Care

What if you cannot make health-care decisions for yourself?

It’s a conversation that is unpleasant and easily put off until you see a well publicized dispute such as Teri Schiavo’s case. However, its is imperative that you consider the quality of life you would want if you were incapaciated and unable to communicate. Making these decisions now can ensure that your wishes are carried out and prevent future legal battles between loved ones. Executing an Advance Healthcare Directive and Living Will allows you to designate a Health Care Agent who will have authority to act according to your wishes.

Anyone can complete an Advance Healthcare Directive but to be effective, it must be witnessed properly. Additionally, the directive is taken from the statute and can be easily misinterpreted by a layperson. We can walk you through the directive, answer your questions and make sure you wishes are properly designated.

Whatever your wishes are, its important to also consider how they will impact your loved ones financially. You may ask yourself how you are going to pay for life-extending measures and whether this will impact your estate planning.

We have experience helping people plan for the worst. Call us today to set up an appointment for an Advance Healthcare Directive consultation.