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Alpharetta Family Law Blog

Stay-at-home moms: interesting trends, family law considerations

So-called “stay-at-home” moms were far from being a rarity across the United States in previous generations. Indeed, they comprised the norm, with most women remaining at home to manage the household and care for children in lieu of entering the work force.

In fact, it is estimated that only about 37 percent of women between the ages of 25 and 54 worked outside the home in 1950, for a number of reasons (including, notably, cultural constraints and sexual stereotypes).

That low number rose steadily in subsequent decades, with about 77 percent of women with children working outside the home by 1999.

Viewpoint: a good divorce outcome requires a good divorce laywer

Most of our readers in Georgia and elsewhere have likely heard the term “cookie cutter” as applied to some protocol or process, denoting it as a straightforward and standard technique that broadly -- rather than individually -- applies to some application.

Divorce is not a process to which a cookie-cutter blueprint should apply.

So says Brendan Lyle, a family-law columnist who flatly decries the use of online tools by any person seeking a high-quality divorce.

Actress's divorce description: You either get it or you don't

“Conscious uncoupling.”

That is the word choice employed by actress Gwyneth Paltrow recently to relate the news that she and her husband, rock star Chris Martin, are divorcing after a number of years. Paltrow and Martin have two children.

We don’t normally include much in the way of celebrity-related divorce articles in our blog, although we do occasionally cite a public figure in a post if the surrounding subject matter seems to command bona-fide relevance to our audience of family law readers.

Global custody battle is finally over: American father prevails

For an American citizen living in Colorado, Dennis Burns commands a singular -- even exceptional -- knowledge of the Argentine court system.

In fact, he has been personally involved over the past several years with successive rungs of the country's appellate judiciary, culminating in a ruling by the Supreme Court of Argentina on Valentine's Day of this year.

That decision -- like all the others -- was in Burns' favor and hopefully marks an ending to his long child custody slog necessitated by his ex-wife's abduction of his two daughters from Colorado to Argentina following a divorce proceeding in 2010.

Lifestyle clauses in marital contracts: Are they enforceable?

As big of a deal as marital agreements generally seemed to be even a few short years ago, such contracts are much more common -- if not exactly commonplace -- in Georgia and throughout the rest of the country these days.

A marital contract is most typically understood to be either a prenuptial agreement or a postnuptial contract, depending on whether partners reach their contractual understanding prior to or following marriage.

The subject matter of a marital contract can range widely, but most commonly focuses upon financial matters, with separate property being clearly identified and isolated for protection in the event of a marital split and related division of assets.

What happens to a jointly owned home in divorce or breakup?

Many Georgia residents are still recovering emotionally and financially from the recession that started around 2008. A big part of the recession was the collapse of the housing market. For many here in Georgia and around the county, the dream of home ownership turned into a nightmare.

The economy and housing market have largely recovered, but there are still times when home ownership can feel like more of a liability than an asset. One of these times is during divorce. Questions commonly arise about what should be done with the marital residence. And for couples who have chosen cohabitation instead of marriage, a breakup involving a shared home can be even messier.

Family violence: an ongoing scourge that needs to be combated

When the number 116 crops up in reference to fatalities that have occurred in Georgia, many people might reasonably assume that it is linked to motor vehicle-related deaths or fatalities owing to a public health menace.

In fact, it is the scourge of family violence that accounts for those deaths, all of which reportedly occurred last year. In 2012, acts of domestic violence in Georgia took the lives of 131 people.

Arguably, that it is an epidemic and, given the dynamics of human relationships and interactions, domestic abuse and the tragic consequences it visits upon victims -- sometimes men, but most often women and children -- can never be wholly contained.

Child custody: There's an algorithm for that

Andres Gomberoff, concededly the brainy type, did what any similarly enterprising guy would do when seeking a solution to a thorny child custody problem: He applied spin-glass mathematical analysis to it.

Gomberoff is logically the type of person who might be expected to think a bit outside the box and link esoteric concepts to real social challenges. He is a physicist at a university in Chile who specializes in the study of black holes.

So, why not child custody?

Tips for divorcing spouses who work in family-owned businesses

Millions of spouses work together across the country as co-owners of varied businesses.

And millions of those marital and business partners divorce.

What is the ideal outcome for a family-owned business where ex-spouses toil side by side when divorce becomes the required solution for a soured marriage?

Should they stay together as business partners? Should they sell the business? Should one buy out the other?

Discernible trend: more households led by single fathers

A writer in a recent article on family law poses this question: “How did single fatherhood go from terrifying to increasingly normal?”

“Normal” is concededly a relative term, but it certainly bears noting that American households with minor children that are run by single dads had increased by a multiple of nine from 1960 to 2011. That information comes courtesy of a Pew Research study, which also cites a four-fold increase in single-mother households over the same period.

Of course, moms are still leading the charge in absolute numbers, with Pew reporting that in 2011 about 2.6 million single dads oversaw households, with that number being about 8.6 million for single women.

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