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How do you file for divorce in Georgia?

The exact procedure for a divorce filing varies from one state to the next. So if you and your spouse have decided that it is time to bring your relationship to an end, it is important to be aware of the rules in your home state. This is particularly the case if you have recently moved, as many states require you to have been a resident there for a set period of time before you can commence a divorce proceeding there.

Some states even require you to have permanent residence there. In Georgia, you should go to the county in which your spouse is resident to file your divorce complaint. However, you can file it in your own county if your spouse does not reside in the state. This document should outline the situation between you and your spouse, including living arrangements, debts, assets, plans for your children and the reasons you have chosen to file for divorce.

Stand up for your rights as a father

When parents separate, often they still both want the best for their child. Many children in Georgia grow up in the primary care of one or the other of their parents, seeing the other less frequently. Nevertheless, they still grow into happy, well-balanced individuals. Families come in all shapes and sizes and it is the love and respect within them that counts, not the configuration of the family unit.

As a father, you have just as much right to spend time with your child as does his or her mother. You each are an important part of your child's life, so if you are both willing and able to be part of it, you should be. Courts generally favor arrangements which allow the child or children to have contact with both parents wherever possible.

Study claims expensive wedding could mean divorce.

It is true that money isn’t everything, but almost everyone would agree that being wealthy is nice. Being able to buy nice, expensive things can certainly make life easier and more enjoyable for a lot of people, and wealthy, high-net worth individuals always tend to host the best events. One of the more popular ways to show off affluence is by having an extravagant wedding, but a recent study indicates that and expensive wedding does not necessarily mean happily ever after.

According to researchers at Emory university in Georgia, people who spend more than $20,000 on their wedding are nearly half as likely to divorce than those who spend a more modest $5,000 or $10,000. Those who spend $1,000 or less are actually 53 percent less likely to divorce, indicating that cheap weddings lead to longer relationships. However, this is not to say that having a small, intimate wedding is the best option, since those who invited two-hundred people or more to their wedding were 92 percent less likely to divorce than those who invited nobody else.

Child custody concerns in Georgia

Child custody is an extremely important aspect of a divorce settlement. Oftentimes, both parents want to be heavily involved in their children’s lives, but custody arrangements do not always allow this. It can be difficult or confusing to learn that you will not have a large role in your child’s upbringing, but legal knowledge and assistance can help you make a better case for why you belong in your child’s life. Since the law varies by state, it is important to be familiar with Georgia’s stance on child custody.

The most important thing to remember about child custody is that the court always has the final say, and the court will do what it believes is best for the child. Children who are 14 years of age or older can choose which parent they want to live with, and parents can agree on custody, but none of this matters if the courts decide that the proposed living arrangement is not in the best interests of the child. The courts will consider many factors when it makes these decisions, including the emotional ties between the parties and each parent’s involvement in the child’s upbringing, such as educational, social and extracurricular activities.

Child support is not a suggestion; it?s the legal requirement

A man was recently arrested in Virginia after being pulled over for driving on a closed shoulder. The trooper who pulled the man over took him into custody after he learned that the man was wanted for child support and other charges in Norfolk. Even though this case happened in Virginia, Georgia residents could easily find themselves in a similar position if they fail to pay their child support.

I can no longer make my child support payments. What should I do?

Child support orders are made based on a number of factors affecting the lives of a divorced couple. Both parties may not always believe that the child support order is fair, but it is ultimately up to the discretion of the court in most of these cases, and the courts tend to do what they believe is best for the child. At the same time, it’s important to remember that the order is determined based on factors at the time of divorce, meaning that the support order, much like the factors of life, is subject to change.

If changing circumstances make it so that you can no longer make your child support payments, know that your child support order can be changed to reflect these new circumstances. However, the modification will only occur if you bring the case before the courts and successfully prove that the previous payments are no longer feasible.

We fight for fathers' rights

Child custody is usually one of the most hotly contested topics in a divorce, with both parties wanting to remain as involved as possible in their children’s lives. There are those who believe that men are treated unfairly in custody cases, which could cause concern for some fathers if they are facing divorce. Fortunately, evidence shows that it is better for children to have both parents in their lives through joint custody.

Each case is unique, bringing many factors of a couple’s married life into the child custody equation. The courts take all of these factors into account when determining a custody arrangement to ensure that they do what is best for the child.

The most common divorce statistic may be a lie

Many of us have been told throughout the course of our lives that nearly half of marriages end in divorce. This divorce statistic is often spun to achieve a certain end: some use it to dissuade people from getting married, arguing that they’ll just get divorced anyway, and some claim that it reveals how little our society currently values marriage. Regardless of which side of the fence you fall on, it may surprise you to learn that this statistic is not, and never was, true.

According to research conducted by a Harvard-trained woman, no evidence to corroborate the validity of the 50 percent number exists. The closest she could come to finding such evidence was a prediction early in 1970 that, as no-fault divorces became more common, the divorce rate might reach such a high number. However, this prediction has thus far proved false, as divorce rates haven’t come close to 50 percent.

Georgia man jailed for interference with child custody

Child custody orders can be difficult to deal with, especially if you feel that they are unfair to you and your circumstances. Nobody likes to be told when they can and cannot see their children, but it’s important to remember that custody orders are legally binding contracts. Disobeying custody orders is against the law and could have serious legal ramifications including fines or even jail time. This is why it’s important to take your divorce case seriously and fight for the custody you deserve.

A Georgia man was recently placed in jail on charges of interference with child custody and kidnapping. According to the report, the man was ordered to place his children in the custody of social service workers in late August, but instead he took the children and disappeared. He later turned himself in.

Is there a bias toward women in child custody cases?

Many people believe that women are more likely to be given child custody in a divorce case than men, simply because of their gender. This belief is not entirely without merit, as there has been much supporting data to prove that women have often been given sole custody in previous decades. However, contemporary legal precedent acknowledges that having both parents involved in their lives is usually better for children, and we have seen many more cases of joint custody, particularly in Georgia, where parenting time arrangements are often split completely evenly.

We’ve mentioned before that parental stability is important in custody battles, and data from the Pew Research Center seems to support this idea. The data paints a picture of fathers who are rarely involved in their children’s lives before divorce, and are thus not heavily involved after divorce.

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