WHAT IS A QDRO?

Bluebirds of happiness   Retirement plan benefits are frequently divided between husband and wife as part of divorce. The court order dividing a retirement plan is called a Qualified Domestic Relations Order or QDRO for short (QDRO is pronounced “quad-row”). There are two Read More

ESTATE TAX PORTABILITY

Window of opportunity The IRS has opened a temporary window to apply for retroactive estate tax portability of the unused exemption amount for decedents who died in 2011, 2012, or 2013.  IRS Revenue Procedure 2014-18 issued in late January provides a window for Read More

ESTATE TAXES AND IRAs

Karen S. Hindson Here are some tips about estate taxes and IRAs. If your estate is large enough to be subject to estate taxes, you need to know that a traditional IRA is subject to estate tax on the IRA value prior to Read More

CHILD OVER AGE 14 RIGHT NOT TO VISIT NONCUSTODIAL PARENT

Karen S. Hindson A Georgia child over age 14 has the right to select the parent with whom he or she desires to live (O.C.G.A. Section 19-9-3(a)(5)), although the judge can overrule the child’s selection if the judge finds the child’s choice not Read More

JOINT CUSTODY DEFINITION AND WHO DECIDES CUSTODY

Karen S. Hindson We answer lots of questions about “joint custody” versus “sole custody” and what the terms actually mean.   Georgia law provides a joint custody definition to guide us. O.C.G.A. § 19-9-6 includes the following definitions regarding joint custody: “Joint custody” Read More

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS | Gifts of the Season | January

New Year Family law is a tough business for New Year’s resolutions.   But once a year we take stock and resolve to do better — and to be better — lawyers, parents, spouses, human beings.  This is the gift of the Read More

PARENTING PLAN REQUIRED FOR ALL GEORGIA CUSTODY CASES

Attorney Karen Hindson The parenting plan required for all Georgia custody cases is mandated by law.  If the parties cannot reach agreement on the terms of a permanent parenting plan, each party prepares a proposed parenting plan and submits it to the judge. Read More

BABY BOOMERS DIVORCE

Are you a member of the Baby Boomers? I know lots of people who are in the Baby Boomers Generation. The Baby Boomers have changed many things in the past fifty years. The lives of Baby Boomers have included more Read More

WHAT’S IN YOUR . . . GLOVE COMPARTMENT?!?

If you live in Georgia, I hope your answer to the question is, “A fully executed Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare”. I bet you didn’t expect that, did you?  When I experienced a motor vehicle accident, I learned the hard Read More

GIFTS OF THE SEASON | December

GIFTS OF THE SEASON | December One of the best gifts of the season is the opportunity to reflect. Rituals of wrapping, baking, decorating, football, and singing out loud are comforting and familiar to me. Are there old habits or traditions I should discard? New habits Read More

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