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Child Custody Archives

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.

Researchers find overnight visits may be detrimental to children

Our blog has talked extensively about the importance of joint custody for children and protecting both parents' rights to their children. Although the presumption in Georgia is that parents will share custody of children following a divorce, a custody arrangement is ultimately made in the best interests of a child. This may mean that one parent has very limited rights or no rights at all if having rights would be detrimental to the child's well-being.

Ex-wife of NBA star takes her divorce frustrations to the streets

Venting one's anger or frustration is common and there are many men and women in Marietta who do just that all the time. Many of them do not, however, take to the streets to publicly shame the people with whom they are angry, but that is just what the ex-wife of NBA star Dwayne Wade did. Anyone in Georgia who followed Wade's career may also know of his very tumultuous divorce from his ex-wife, including being awarded sole custody of their children. For anyone who hasn't heard, his ex-wife has been seen on the streets with a sign that reads "NBA Miami Heat star, mother of his children on the streets."

Parents may share custody but not religious traditions, Part II

Yesterday, we talked a little about how interfaith parenting and divorce are becoming more commonplace in Atlanta. Part of the challenge that divorced parents of differing religious backgrounds face is how to deal with custody arrangements and religious holidays. Parents and their child custody attorneys will ultimately come up with an agreement on how to deal with holidays and changes to the standard custody arrangement, just like they will address how to work around issues related to religious practice.

Parents may share custody but not religious traditions, Part I

The Atlanta region has become increasingly diverse in the past 20 years, which also means that there are more and more people of very different religions getting married and raising children together. For some, religion plays a relatively minor role and there is little to no conflict over religious differences, but for divorcing or divorced parents, how they incorporate religion into children's lives must be done carefully.

Housing facility opens to help grandparents raising grandchildren

The first-ever facility designed to help grandparents raise their grandchildren has opened, and, if successful, it may spread to Georgia. Although many people in Austell think about families with a mother, a father and children, there are an increasing number of grandparents raising their grandchildren. Whether it is because the children's parents are unfit or have died, when grandparents have custody of the children, they often have concerns that parents might not have.

Allen Iverson accused of keeping children in Georgia hotel

When a family court judge in Atlanta creates a custody agreement, it is expected that both the mother and father abide by it. While we have taken the time to discuss fathers' rights in this blog and that sometimes women receive better child custody decisions, judges rarely award either parent full custody of the children. When they do, it is often because they believe it to be best for the children. Whether that is true or not, if the parent who has no custodial rights over the children, it is best for him or her to work with his or her lawyer to modify the agreement and not to do anything outside the letter of the agreement.

International child custody trial is the first of many

In what is set to be a long, drawn-out child custody battle, an international dispute between two American parents and their American children living in two different parts of the world was set to commence earlier this month. Though everyone in the situation is an American, the mother is arguing that either Hungarian or Romanian child custody laws apply, but the father says American law should apply. This first of many trials will merely determine which country's law the court must use to award custody.

Using mediation techniques to resolve post-divorce custody issues

For many of the parents in Kennesaw who have divorced, they are well aware that they will never really have their child's other parents out of their lives. Especially for those parents who have joint custody, they will have to interact with their exes on a regular basis, sometimes daily. Although some of these parents have been able to develop a friendship or at least are cordial, others must use a child custody attorney to communicate with their former spouses.

Denise Richards granted custody of Charlie Sheen's children

While many families in Acworth may only think of child custody issues in terms of mothers and fathers, there are a variety of different ways in which issues of child custody can play out in Georgia family law courts. Although Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen may be Hollywood stars, the situation that they have been working through is just one of the many different custody issues that can come up in everyday Georgians' lives.

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