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Child Custody Archives

Obesity is now a factor in child custody decisions

As any Georgia family court judge knows, he or she must make a child custody decision with the best interest of a child in mind. While that may seem straight forward, what does that really mean? Is it in a best interest to move out of a home in Marietta, the only home a child has ever known, to move across the country? Is it in the best interest to award custody to a parent that makes more money, but has less time to spend with a child? These kinds of questions have long been considered by Georgia judges, but some may start looking at obesity as a factor in determining which parent should have physical custody over the children.

How to save money while co-parenting

It is clear that the economic recession has affected all of us and it is likely that many in Marietta are looking for ways to save money. While it may seem like you are paying more for things after a divorce, all without your former spouse's income, there may be some changes you can make to your parenting time plan that can save you some money. For parents that share custody of a child, following some simple tips could reduce your costs and possibly even provide you and your child with more time together.

Georgia father with no custody over children takes them to Mexico

What must have been the most frightening month in one Georgia mother's life is now over. The mother lost all four of her children after their father allegedly kidnapped them and took them to Mexico to stay with their maternal grandmother. While the children are back home and the father is on the run, this was very close to becoming an international child custody dispute.

How to settle child custody disputes out of court

Courts are often reluctant to allow the children involved in a child custody battle into the courtrooms, and for good reason. Judges have long believed that bringing a child into the courtroom can be a traumatic experience, potentially damaging the child's psyche. But there are options for Marietta parents seeking a divorce that can prevent the long, drawn-out battle that courts tend to offer, and settle child custody agreements in private and with the assistance of an attorney.

Single-father abandons son, drives across country

Residents of Marietta have been watching their spending throughout the economic crisis, but it is safe to say that very few have thought of walking out the door, abandoning their families and never looking back. Many Georgians may find it horrifying to even consider leaving children alone and defenseless, but one man has done just that. A single-father walked out on his 11-year-old son and drove across the country because of his financial problems.

Grandparents with custody over their grandchildren increases

There have always been grandparents who have raised grandchildren, but historically those grandparents only assumed those responsibilities when the grandchildren's parents were in prison, sick or dealing with an addiction. Today's child-rearing grandparents are also taking custody of their grandchildren because of the bad economy.

Family wants custody of children after mother's homicide

Lawrenceville, Georgia, was the recent location of an important child custody showdown. A grandfather filed for custody of his nine- and 12-year-old granddaughters after their mother and his daughter was found dead shortly after having an argument with her husband. Although the husband has not been charged with any involvement in his wife's death, police have ruled the death a homicide and he remains the only suspect.

Mother loses child custody modification to dangerous stepmother

It has become an increasingly common concern among Georgia parents about who will have custody of the children in the event of a divorce. While the child's best interest is most often a factor, parents can try to modify child custody orders after they've been adopted. One mother failed in her attempt to modify her child custody order after she discovered her ex-husband had married a woman who killed her children 20 years ago.

New push to involve children in child custody decisions

A child custody battle can be traumatic for both parents and children. Things can come out against both parents and twisted to make that parent look unfit to have custody of a child. Parents can also be falsely accused of serious incidents that would preclude them from gaining custody. It is Georgia family court judges' responsibility, however, to sort through all this evidence and decide which parent should have custody based on the best interests of the child. In all this, however, do judges consider what the child wants?

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