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 […]

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Tools that might avail divorcing spouses with support concerns

Are you a divorcing woman in Georgia or elsewhere who harbors more than a mere suspicion that your soon-to-be ex-husband is going to be less than dependable when it comes to court-ordered payments? Such payments centrally attach to matters like child support and alimony. For obvious reasons, it is critically important that such payment obligations […]

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The Great Recession, recovery and divorce: some relevant data

We noted in a recent article that the divorce rates nationally have ebbed and flowed in recent years in tandem with the so-called Great Recession and subsequent recovery that now seems to be on somewhat steady footing (please see our January 30, 2014, blog post). In other words: Although the unusually harsh financial constraints faced […]

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Family violence, Part 2: an innovative program for aiding victims

Our immediately preceding blog post discussed the pernicious and enduring nature of domestic violence across the United States, including in Georgia. We mentioned in that post a program aimed at curbing family violence that is now gaining significant momentum in another state. That initiative seems broadly relevant, and we present its contours here for our […]

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Family violence, Part 1: an evil that can be hard to respond to

Domestic abuse in a Georgia home or elsewhere nationally is often like a stick of dynamite waiting to go off. It can happen suddenly and explosively, with the victim in many cases having no idea what set off the charge. Indeed, there is often no precipitating factor involved at all in family violence, and there […]

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Owe child support in Georgia? A word about those lottery winnings

The common expression, “Leave no stone unturned” certainly applies to the lengthily entitled Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) as it goes about its duties. Specifically, its statutorily mandated task of overseeing and enforcing child support payments owed by noncustodial parents. The DCSS has truly sweeping authority to examine and […]

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Shifting trend in spousal support: more ex-husbands collecting

“If you brought value into a relationship, you should be able to take that value out of it.” So says a divorced man who recently asked for — and received — spousal support following the breakup of his marriage. The man was the lower wage earner in the relationship and spent more time at home […]

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