The tough economy continues to hit people all across Georgia, making it hard to make ends meet. Many non-custodial parents are having trouble finding employment with a livable wage, and many are getting behind on their child support.
When marital discord hits a family, the entire household feels the pressure. A Georgia family law attorney will see many instances when emotions run high during a divorce. After the marriage has ended, the former household becomes two households. Divorced parents have to navigate through new child custody and visitation arrangements, and shared parenting can be challenging. Fathers are irreplaceable for kids. The Georgia Department of Human Services encourages fathers to play an active role in the lives of their children. The state agency offers tips to fathers on how to remain a good father after a break-up or divorce.
When we remember those great holiday times we had as children, we're usually thinking of fun family games, the thrill of presents, the delicious family recipes -- whatever was unique and special about our family traditions.
When a parent gets seriously behind on child support, one way to obtain information about his or her whereabouts or income sources is to ask the IRS. The IRS is explicitly authorized to hand over private tax information in child support cases, and they routinely do.
Late last month, Oksana Grigorieva filed a child support enforcement action against Mel Gibson in the midst of their very public child custody dispute over their one-year-old daughter. Gibson had been ordered to pay $20,000 a month in child support but had not done so for three months and was in arrears by $60,000.
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case today with important implications for fathers' rights and for gender equity under the law generally. In the case of Flores-Villar v. United States, the court will consider whether, in cases where a child is born abroad to unmarried parents, it is constitutional for the U.S. to have tougher citizenship standards when the father is a U.S. citizen than when the citizen is the mother.
An Iowa commission was recently set up to look into long-standing complaints by Native Americans about critically unfair treatment within the family law and child welfare systems. A two-day meeting in Sioux City shed light on issues ranging from improper adoptions to the denial of fathers' rights -- and the terrifying helplessness many Native Americans feel that their children can simply be taken away.
Actor Charlie Sheen has filed for divorce from his third wife, Brooke Mueller. The divorce papers, filed in Los Angeles on Monday, cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the dissolution of their marriage and indicated that the couple has a prenuptial agreement in place to govern property division and alimony in the high-asset divorce. He is also seeking joint custody of the couple's twin sons.