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Is parental alienation syndrome damaging your parent-child bond?

Regardless of the child custody order you and your ex-spouse were granted in Georgia, you may feel as if you do not have enough time to maintain the relationship you had with your child before the divorce. In fact, you may be experiencing obstacles to a successful bond without even realizing it. According to Psychology Today, as many as 15 percent of divorces that include children may be affected by parental alienation.

Factors Georgia courts consider when assessing alimony requests

For better or worse, money is at the root of all or most of the disputes that arise during a divorce. This can be especially true when the financial stakes are higher than normal. For instance, if you and your soon-to-be ex accumulated significant assets prior to or during marriage, it is likely that many of your discussions will revolve around financial settlements.

What you should know before divorcing a narcissist

Taking steps to initiate a divorce may be a difficult decision for anyone in Georgia. Even aside from the emotional upheaval that is typically experienced by both spouses, the division of marital property and debt has the potential to leave a person in a less stable financial position. When one spouse has the characteristics of narcissistic personality disorder, the other may benefit from taking certain measures to prevent more devastating financial fallout.

How age may affect divorce

While some people in Georgia who are over the age of 50 may make the decision to stay in an unsatisfying or unhappy marriage, for others, that is not an option. Even when it is the best choice, AARP points out that when older adults decide to end a marriage, the division of property at that stage of life can have serious financial consequences.

Parenting issues and your child custody case

After a divorce, you may have a child who is willing to test the boundaries you have set in order to get what he or she wants. However, because of the child custody laws in Georgia, your child may have another tool to use in attempting to get you to give in. This is owing to the fact that the court considers your child’s wishes when determining what is in his or her best interests, particularly after the age of 11. At the Siemon Law Firm, we understand that this factor could even lead to a modification of an existing child custody order.

Fathers need adequate bonding time with their infants

Even though welcoming a baby into the family is an exciting time for many parents in Georgia, for some it is not enough to overcome conflict between parents. When a divorce is inevitable, creating a visitation schedule that allows strong attachments to develop between the infant and each parent is essential to healthy development. In the past, child custody arrangements tended to favor the mother in these situations. However, according to Psychology Today, it is just as important for the father of an infant to have visitation that includes overnight stays.

3 things to know about reaching a divorce settlement

The divorce process can be very difficult, so much so, that many people just want to get it over and done with. The problem is that this rushed approach can end up really financially hurting someone. This is why it's important to really look at a potential settlement -- from all angles -- and talk through all decisions with an attorney before anything is set in stone.

What is a forensic accountant and why do I need one?

For some people in Georgia, dividing the financial and tangible possessions from the marriage during a divorce may be fairly simple. If you have complex assets, though, the process of identifying them all in the discovery phase may be a challenge. Forbes suggests that locating and valuating marital assets may be best accomplished by hiring a forensic accountant, a person who has been trained in the identification and valuation of assets.

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