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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.

Study: Technology was the reason I cheated

In this technological age, it isn’t that rare to go out to a restaurant in Atlanta and spot a table with one or more people focused on a smartphone. Mobile technology has revolutionized our society, but too much attention on tablets, cellphones and other devices is prompting some spouses to seek attention outside of the marriage.

If I get divorced, can I stay in the house until my child graduates?

People going through a divorce here in Georgia ask us this question frequently. The answer, as usual, is that it depends on the facts and circumstances of the case. As always, the parties can agree to do anything they want to do with the home, well, almost anything, burning it down and splitting the insurance money would be against law. Short of doing something illegal a husband and wife going through a divorce can generally agree to anything regarding the custody of their children and the division of their assets and debts. At that point a settlement agreement can be drafted and submitted to the court with the appropriate paperwork and the agreement will become a binding order of the court.

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