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December 2011 Archives

New law may grant fathers access to their children

Fathers in Georgia may know just how difficult it is to see their children. If you are divorced from or were never married to the mother of your children, you may face an uphill battle for custody of your children. If you've made some mistakes in your past, it may even be difficult for you to get unsupervised visitation with your children. Although spending time with your children may be difficult, imagine being denied complete access to your child because at the time the mother of your child was pregnant, she was married to someone else. Unfortunately, in some states, there are laws that assume the husband of the mother is the father of the child, even if there is DNA proof that says he isn't.

When is mediation the best way to divorce?

Anyone in Marietta that is going through a divorce knows just how difficult of a process it can be. Even if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are still friendly and cordial, the divorce process can easily lead to offense and hurt. Although you may need to tread carefully through the divorce process, not every couple needs to go through the Georgia family court system to obtain a final and legal separation. Some divorces can be worked out civilly through mediation.

Deadbeat ex? How to get him/her to pay child support

You've just left a family law court in Georgia after becoming a new divorcé(é) and you are ready to start a new life with your children. You have your divorce decree in one hand and the court order that explains how much your ex will be paying in child support each month; unfortunately, collecting child support is rarely easy. You may find yourself receiving late payments, less money than the amount your former spouse owes you or with no payments at all, but there are solutions available to single-parents in Georgia to collect all the child support owed to you.

Eight years after sexual assault scandal, Kobe and wife split

Most people in Marietta will remember Kobe Bryant making headlines in 2003 for all the wrong reasons. The international basketball superstar had been accused of sexual assault by a 19-year-old. The woman, who worked at a hotel at which Bryant was staying, claimed that Bryant had non-consensual sex with her. Throughout the scandal, Bryant's wife refused to believe that her husband had assaulted the woman, but now, she has filed for divorce.

Big spender? Avoid competing with the ex on gifts for the kids

For some families that have gone through a divorce, the holiday season is a time when ex-spouses may compete for their children's attention and affection. Especially for Georgia parents that have shared parenting time, it can be difficult to pick your child up from your former spouse's house to discover his or her other parent has bought the toy you couldn't. All too often, these competitions can take the form of trying to buy the children more expensive or elaborate presents than the other parent can afford.

Single father uses community support to raise three sons

Just like single mothers in Marietta, single fathers sometimes need to rely on community services and programs to help raise children. Fathers that find themselves as the sole custodial parents of young children after previously sharing parenting responsibilities with wives may understand how difficult a situation they are in, but being a single father is not impossible. Rather, it is a father's right to try and raise his children if granted custody by the court.

Single parents getting short-changed on child support payments

You've been through a divorce and are finally getting your and your children's lives settled in a new single-parent household, but the child support payment that the Georgia family law court ordered your ex to pay each month hasn't shown up. This unfortunate situation is a common occurrence across Marietta and Georgia, with only 41.2 percent of custodial parents being paid the full amount of child support owed in 2009. When most parents divorce, the non-custodial parent must pay child support, but a new report indicates that many custodial parents are not receiving as much support as they should be.

Talks between parents, kids can ease child custody stress

Divorcing parents are almost always concerned for the welfare of their children. Many questions are raised as to how to deal with custody, even in the friendliest of divorces. One of the biggest things to consider in child custody cases is what the children want.

Divorce feels differently, depending on who started it

Being broken up with is not an enjoyable experience, especially when you feel horrible and your ex is moving on. For most people in Marietta, it is hard to stay emotionally stable at all times during a divorce, even when it is for the best. What people may not realize, however, is that being the initiator of a divorce produces and leads to very different feelings than those felt by the one who is being broken up with. Because divorce is felt so differently by the initiator and the non-initiator, it is helpful to remember that there is different advice for the different parties.

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