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5 Simple Rules For Communicating During Divorce

As Kordell Stewart and Porsha Williams of The Real Housewives of Atlanta demonstrated so vividly, communicating with a spouse during a divorce can feel like an insurmountable challenge.

But there are certain rules you should follow when talking to a spouse for the sake of your civility, your children, and your case.

Here are five simple rules for communicating during divorce:

Inheritance and Adoption: 3 Legal Issues to Consider

Adoption is an exciting event for families in Atlanta, but adding more family members could affect inheritance laws.

If you have a will, you can add your adopted family to it. If a person dies without a will in Georgia, an intestate succession plan will kick in and the deceased's children are likely first in line to inherit.

So what are three legal inheritance issues to consider when adopting?

Hiring a Divorce Attorney: 7 Important Questions

As part of the first steps of getting a divorce, be sure to ask a divorce attorney crucial questions that can help you mentally prepare you for what's ahead.

Here are seven questions to ask your divorce attorney:

3 Reasons to Go to Family Law Court

Many people consider family court to be one of the most difficult courts to attend due to the personal matters involved. But sometime it's necessary. Family law governs all matters of the family unit, including marriage, divorce, adoption, and child custody issues.

In Atlanta, the Superior Court of Fulton County has a specialized family law division that handles the proceedings.

With an eye toward resolving your family's legal problems, here are three reasons to go to family court:

Waiting for Gay Marriage in Atlanta? 3 Recommendations

Though 2013 bore witness to a groundswell of support for gay marriage in states across the nation, the state of Georgia does not yet recognize gay marriage.

Atlanta residents who are waiting for gay marriage to become a reality in their home state should keep these three recommendations in mind:

Adult Children of Divorce: Legal Concerns Not In the Movies

Are you an "ACOD"? Life as an Adult Child of Divorce can be tragic but also "fluid, bizarre and at times, flat-out funny," according to Stu Zicherman, the director and co-writer of "A.C.O.D.," a new divorce comedy starring Adam Scott, James Lynch, and Amy Poehler.

The movie, which was filmed in Atlanta, takes a lighthearted approach in its examination of how divorce affects adult children. But from a legal perspective, the consequences can be anything but a laughing matter.

Here are a few legal issues adult children of divorce regularly face and what they can do about them:

How to File for Child Custody in Georgia

As seen in the recent tragic case of Eric Forbes, a 12-year-old from Paulding County who may have been beaten to death by his father, parents often revisit custody decisions when circumstances change.

Since the boy's death, Forbes' mother has been trying to get custody of his younger sister, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Each state has its own rules about filing for child custody, and Georgia is no different.

How Does Emancipation Work in Georgia?

How much do you know about the emancipation process in Georgia? Whether you have a child who is pondering it, are considering it yourself, or are just curious, emancipation is often a lengthy (and very difficult) process with rules that vary by state.

For example, is child considered a legal adult after emancipation? Or is he or she simply separated from his parents and still a minor? Also, how does one "apply" for emancipation?

Here's an overview:

What is Georgia's Slayer Statute?

Georgia and many other states have laws called "slayer statutes" that prevent someone who caused the death of another from inheriting their murder victim's money.

This means that if one of your heirs murders you, Georgia law may prevent the killer from getting his inheritance.

But your money might go elsewhere.

What's the Quickest Way to Get a Divorce?

In Georgia, the quickest way to get a divorce is through an uncontested divorce.

A smooth uncontested divorce can be finalized in as little as 31 days. All the major issues related to the divorce are settled between the parties, with no loose ends. That's how it's supposed to work, anyway.

Here are a few areas you and your spouse should try to pre-emptively resolve in order to help fast-track a divorce: