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December 2013 Archives

Judge questions merit in home schooling in custody hearing

A legal matter that is currently playing out in a neighboring state might likely command some interest for a number of our readers in Georgia and elsewhere. The story's subject touches upon a number of important family law points, including a judge's role and discretionary powers in a dispute and the importance of judicial review. Additionally, too, the matter centrally underscores the vital need that an embattled litigant has for a knowledgeable and assertive family law attorney.

Pet custody disputes can be hairy in Georgia

Many Atlanta residents hold their pets near and dear. In fact, a number of people consider their pets to be their children. As such, pet custody is a very difficult issue for many couples in the event of divorce. 

Mediation: a strong alternative to litigation in many instances

A recent family law-related article makes this central claim about mediation as a dispute resolution mechanism: Mediation, notes the media piece, serves "to help people make decisions while resolving conflict constructively."

The seven-year itch: fact or fiction in the marital realm?

Various studies, coupled with anecdotal evidence, suggest that many relationships first become notably vulnerable to pressures and collapse after a handful-plus of years. A writer in a recent CNN article notes a timeframe between seven and 10 years when this often occurs. Indeed, there is even a classic movie of old named “The Seven Year Itch” that centrally addresses the theme.The effect of such a phenomenon for divorce would seem to be obvious, namely this: statistics readily showing a comparatively higher divorce rate for couples within the first decade of marriage.

Failure to pay child support a serious problem

Parents in Georgia going through a divorce may want to give special attention to the issue of child support. A recent article in discussed the plight of a woman with three children from a previous marriage, who is currently married to a man with two children of his own from a previous marriage. The woman's ex-husband is behind on his child support payments, and owes $11,000. The couple is paying between $500 and $600 a month in child support payments to the man's ex-wife, who wants to increase the payments.

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