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As families change, so do look/feel of child custody agreements

With the subject matter ever expanding in many child custody agreements, and the agreed-upon parenting arrangements growing progressively more detailed and complex, the opinion of many family law experts regarding such a trend coalesces toward this once central viewpoint:

Mel Gibson's high-asset divorce settlement finalized

If there is one obvious take away from all the Mel Gibson stories that have blared out from media headlines over the past couple years concerning his family life, it must be this: The man is rich.

Alimony: Non-payment, enforcement and judicial remedies

Every state in the country has an official mechanism for enforcing child support payments and providing remedies when delinquent parents don't perform their obligations. In Georgia, that task falls to the Department of Human Services, most specifically to its Division of Child Support Services.

Things to think seriously about in a child custody case

A family law commentator has recently expounded in a newspaper opinion piece on a few points that are important in child custody matters. We pass along those "things to think about" considerations here, since they commonly feature in family law and are equally applicable from Georgia to California.

Kobe Bryant's wife files high-asset divorce petition

Professional basketball star Kobe Bryant is reputedly the top money maker in his profession. Last year he earned close to $25 million in salary, and he also exercised a contract extension worth more than $80 million.

Georgia, other states subject of govt. report on child support

A recently released government report shows that many parents who win child custody don't receive the child support they are owed. The report, released this month by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes data from child custody cases in Georgia and other Southeastern states.

Hong Kong divorce results in outsized settlement figure

A recent high-asset divorce outcome in Hong Kong has media reports abuzz with the size and details of the settlement. When it comes right down to it, though, and excepting the staggering amount involved, many of the underlying factors and key considerations involved in determining the settlement are closely similar to what is important in most divorces involving substantial assets.

What to keep in mind about alimony tax consequences

Not many things change the face of a financial management plan like a divorce does. There are ways to ease the financial changes, and understanding the Internal Revenue Code requirements for handling or reporting alimony can be helpful, when spousal maintenance is a factor in a divorce settlement.

Update: Obesity firmly on horizon in child custody arena

Dr. David Ludwig, an obesity specialist at a Harvard-affiliated hospital in Boston, never intended to become a lightning rod in a debate linking obesity with child custody that is growing in intensity.

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