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How to Avoid Monthly Alimony Payments

Everyone doesn’t have an amicable ending to their marriage. And many people get cranky at the thought of paying alimony to their ex-spouse. But as the researchers at FindLaw point out, the purpose of alimony in Georgia is to limit any unfair economic effects of a divorce by providing a continuing income to a non-wage-earning or lower-wage-earning spouse.

So, if you keep the larger picture in mind, you might be able to justifying making that monthly payment.

However, paying alimony doesn’t have to be a monthly obligation. Georgia is one of those states where you can make lump sum alimony payments instead of periodic payments.

Alimony in Georgia? Choose Between 5 Types of Alimony

Generally, alimony or spousal support, refers to an allowance made to one spouse after a legal separation or divorce. Most people are familiar with it.

However, what is not well-known is that there are different types of alimony agreements, with five being best known. They are presented here to help those looking for information on alimony in Georgia.

Atlanta's Most Eligible Singles

Fall may not be the traditional season of love, but it is when the lists of who is most eligible in Atlanta come out, reports WSBTV.

According to the ranking by Jezebel Magazine, 21 Atlantans were selected as the most eligible singles. They included everyone from models, to athletes, corporate strategists, and medical device sales professionals.

After being selected, Atlanta's most eligible singles held a party at the Sol Deck of the Melia Atlanta Hotel. There may also be an auction for charity.

Homicide and Suicide Making Impact on Pregnant and Postpartum Women

Atlanta’s Center for Disease Control recently put out a study that among pregnant and postpartum women deaths from suicide and homicide exceed deaths due to common obstetric causes, reports the Houston Chronicle. The results of the study were published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The analysis of the pregnant and postpartum women by the Center for Disease Control, which surveyed 17 states, found there were 94 pregnancy associated suicides and 139 homicides between 2003 and 2007. States participating in the CDC violent death database include South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, Alaska, Massachusetts, Oregon, Colorado, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, California, Kentucky, New Mexico and Utah.

Till Divorce Do You Part? Not So Fast

A new study finds that post-divorce marital reconciliation is on the rise, reports the Huffington Post. That’s right, many people that get divorced, remain open to getting back together with their spouse, particularly if there are children involved.

The study about post-divorce marital reconciliation came out of the University of Minnesota. It surveyed nearly 2500 divorcing couples with children and asked them if they wanted to try and reconcile. The study found that either one or both partners in about 45 percent of couples indicated they could try and save the marriage and reconcile. Men were found to be more willing to say their marriage could be saved and more willing to try a professional marital reconciliation service. The gender numbers came out to 1 out of 3 men, and 1 out of 5 women.

Domestic Partnership in Georgia

Some cities in the state of Georgia have passed laws providing for domestic partnerships. Such laws can apply to gay or straight couples who are living together without being married. To become domestic partners, the partners must register their relationship at a government office and declare that they are in a “committed” relationship.

Domestic partnerships provide some—but not all—of the legal benefits of marriage. Some of the common benefits are the right to coverage on a family health insurance policy, the right to family leave to take care of a sick partner, bereavement leave, visiting rights to hospitals and jails, and rent control benefits.

Should Tribble Reese Get a Prenuptial Agreement Already?

Atlanta has a new reality-show star. His name is Tribble Reese and he is a 26-year-old bartender that will be featured on Country Music Television's "Sweet Home Alabama", reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's intrepid Radio & TV Talk reporter, Rodney Ho.

Tribble Reese, a graduate of Clemson University, who is originally from Birmingham, will have to pick through 11 city girls and 11 country girls. In the first episode the 22 girls will be taken to that jewel in the Heart of Dixie, Mobile, Alabama. Of the country girls, reports Rodney Ho, some wear cowboy hats and all are "skinny and cute." Until he was picked up by CMT's "Sweet Home Alabama", Tribble Reese was bartending at Five Paces Inn in Buckhead.

Emancipation in Georgia

Each family is different. Some families like to stay involved in each other's lives forever, other families create independent people that wish to live apart. In some instances, children may wish to move away from their parents before they turn 18. In those cases the legal system provides a method called "emancipation."

In fact, questions about Emancipation in Georgia seem to be popular at FindLaw's Answers.

Georgia's emancipation law is Georgia Code Title 15, Chapter 11, Article 6. The process starts at the Georgia Juvenile Courts.

Could Someone Under 16 Get Married in Georgia? Actually, Yeah

The news has been widely discussing the sixteen-year-old aspiring actress Courtney Stodden getting married to a 51-year-old actor, as reported in depth by ABC News.

In the story of the Courtney Stodden marriage, one fact sticks out: the couple wasn't allowed to marry in California, but could in Nevada, where one only has to be sixteen and have parental consent for marriage to be able to wed. Since Georgia is also one of the states where you can get married at age sixteen (with parental consent), the Stodeen story prompted a closer look at Georgia law, particularly the requirements about getting married.

Elizabeth Smart Empowering Children to Protect Themselves

After being kidnapped and held captive for nine months at the age of 14, Elizabeth Smart, now 23, is traveling around the country to speak to communities about empowering children to protect themselves and recently spent some time in Atlanta, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Elizabeth Smart, currently at a senior at BYU, is involved with radKIDS, which is a personal safety-empowerment program for children aged 6 to 12. radKIDS provides hands-on learning on how to recognize, avoid, resist and escape violence, bullying, abduction and harm. In Atlanta, Elizabeth Smart's event was hosted by Keep Georgia Safe, a nonprofit safety organization founded by Atlanta attorney Gary Martin Hays.

Zolciak Engagement: Is a Prenuptial Agreement Episode Coming?

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak's engagement to Kroy Biermann, NFL player with the Atlanta Falcons, was confirmed on Twitter, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"I am happy announce that YES @biermann71 and I are engaged! I'm on a cloud and so blessed!!" read Zolciak's Tweet.

Kim Zolciak and Kroy Biermann met in June, 2010, a meeting which was depicted on a Real Housewives of Atlanta episode. Zolciak and Biermann's son, K.J., was born in June of this year, reports the AJC.

Georgia Woman Accused of Bigamy

Many people follow the TLC show Sister Wives about a polygamist family in Utah. But there may be a brother husbands situation happening right here in Georgia, even though the husbands didn’t know it at the time.

A Cobb County woman married a man in Gwinnett County in 2004 and while still married to him, married another man in Cobb County in 2007, thus engaging in bigamy, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Diane Tucker, the Georgia woman accused of bigamy, was discovered in 2009, when her second husband uncovered the facts after she was arrested for allegedly trying to steal a pick-up truck.

The Seven-Year​-Itch is Now the Three-Year​-Itch

The seven-year-itch — the idea that monogamous relationships have a shelf-life of seven years — became popular in the 50’s because of Marilyn Monroe’s billowing dress, and has been part of American life since then. However, now researchers are finding that the seven-year-itch is closer to a three-year-itch, reports Salon. And it might take another Marilyn to popularize this new phenomenon.

The researchers behind the three-year-itch study found that couples were happiest in their first three years, and then the relationship happiness plummeted. One reason for this might be children; other reasons are simply that the honeymoon phase ends around year three.

Sexual Satisfaction Reduces Likelihood of Divorce, Study Finds

Apparently some researchers at Southern Illinois University decided to study the relationship between sex and divorce, and they came to certain conclusions well-established by conventional wisdom, reports the Huffington Post.

In a study by Dr. Kristina Dzara at Southern Illinois University, entitled Assessing the Effect of Marital Sexuality on Marital Disruption, the researchers studied over 1000 couples from Louisiana (the American South!) from 1998 to 2004. Dr. Dzara then used three measures of sexuality — frequency of sexual intercourse, sexual satisfaction, and agreement between spouses about their sex life — to predict the relationship between sex and divorce by the 5th year of marriage.

FBI Rape Revision: Bureau Changing Narrow Definition of Rape

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is changing its narrow definition of rape for the first time in eighty years, reports the New York Times.

The FBI Rape Revision comes upon the realization that the antiquated definition of rape as "the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will" completely excludes male rape and ignores a vast array of forcible penetration and drugging. As a result, none of those cases get counted as rape in a given year. The changing of the narrow definition of rape comes via the Justice Department's Office on Violence Against Women.

The FBI has agreed with the Justice Department's view of classifying rape beyond the narrow definition of the past.