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September 2013 Archives

Gray divorce and the changes the Affordable Care Act could bring

Any of our Georgia readers who follow this blog will know that gray divorce, or divorce over the age of 50, is up. There are likely many people in Atlanta who are seeing long-time couples divorcing after 20, 30 or more years together. At the same time, divorce at such an age can be a financial burden on some people, especially if they will lose their health insurance because of the divorce. Some couples have worked around that through the use of unique family law tools that allow them to go their separate ways while still keeping both spouses able to insure themselves.

Japan is put to the test in international child custody case

There is no question that divorce and joint child custody can be stressful at times, but it is never acceptable to just kidnap a child in order to have full custody. Not only is it a criminal offense, but it undermines the Georgia child custody system, a system which has been put in place to benefit children.

Changed circumstances? Change your child support!

When a Georgia family law judge issues a child support order, the order is made on the assumption that the situation is static. The truth of the matter is, though, that individuals' financial situations can change quite a bit between a divorce and the time their children turn 18. The parent paying child support could lose his or her job and no longer be able to afford child support. Or, the parent receiving child support might need more money after the paying parent gets a better job. Regardless of why, when situations do change, Georgia parents can ask for a modification of child support.

Child custody dispute rages on, even after Supreme Court ruling

Much of the time, when this blog is talking about child custody, it is in the context of a mother and father divorcing. Georgia's child custody laws must do more than just deal with married and divorcing parents, however. What happens, for example, when a mother and father are not married? Does the mother automatically get custody? What would the father have to do to get custody? All of these questions are case specific and require careful consultation with an experienced family law attorney.

Jane Lynch and wife divorce, at dispute is spousal support

Although some people in Georgia may assume that a divorce between two people who have no children will be easy, the situation can still be quite complex. Take, for example, actress Jane Lynch and her wife of three years: the wife has recently filed paperwork requesting $93,809 in spousal support each month, which adds up to more than $1.1 million a year. Though most people in Georgia won't necessarily be asking for such high amounts in alimony, the concept is very much the same.

Father attempts to find children he hasn't seen in 30 years

For parents going through a divorce, the worst though imaginable is likely not being able to see your children again. In some particularly grueling child custody battles, as some of our Georgia readers know, this can happen. Unfortunately for some parents, they may still be forced to pay child support despite not having the right to see their children though. In the end, this can have a strain on not only the children but the parent as well.

Social media during divorce: be careful what you post

When Georgia couples were divorcing 10 or 20 years ago, the thought of watching their social media presence during court proceedings would have been unheard of, in part because social media wasn't a part of our everyday lives as it is now. Yet today, a wise divorce lawyer would warn clients to severely limit or even cut out social media from their lives. Posting the wrong thing could cause a host of family law issues that may find their way to court and negatively affect the way a judge handles divorce and child custody.

The problem of parental rights over a baby born via surrogacy

Surrogacy is becoming an increasingly common way to have children for couples and single people in the Atlanta area, yet surrogacy also raises considerable questions about who has rights over the child. Still a very small minority of individuals using surrogacy, single men hoping to become fathers need to both understand their parental rights, and how to protect them in case a birth mother or egg donor tries to fight for child custody. While it is not likely that they would do so, single fathers relying on surrogacy must do whatever they can to minimize those risks in order to preserve their families and the immense investment they have made to have children.

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