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Weight may factor into Georgia child custody determinations

In recent years, there has been much talk of the epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 17 percent of U.S. children and teenagers are obese, and are therefore at risk for serious and lasting danger to both their physical and emotional health.

Georgia alimony awards determined by 'means and needs'

Alimony, or spousal support, seems like it should be very cut and dried. If one spouse is financially worse off after a marriage due to years spent out of the workforce raising children, for example, he should be granted alimony until he can support himself. However, spousal support is not usually so simple under Georgia family law.

Georgia domestic abuse conference focuses on teen violence

Last week, over 200 Georgia victim advocates, law enforcement officials, medical professionals, family law attorneys, and other social service providers attended the fifth annual Domestic Violence Conference in Dalton, Georgia. While the goal of the conference was to coordinate an overall response to the growing number of reports of domestic violence throughout Georgia, attendees focused on the growing epidemic of teen dating violence in the state.

Judge denies custody request from Halle Berry's ex

A family court judge has issued a denial to a motion made by Gabriel Aubry, actress Halle Berry's ex-boyfriend and the father of her three-year-old daughter. In his motion, Aubry requested that the judge rescind the earlier order that a nanny be present whenever Aubry has custody of the couple's daughter, Nahla.

McCourts reach divorce settlement agreement

After more than two years of back and forth in family court, Frank and Jamie McCourt have reportedly reached a settlement agreement regarding their property division and the ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. The deal will not be final until it is signed by the presiding family court judge and accepted by the bankruptcy court overseeing the Dodgers' bankruptcy, but it is a promising step in this high-asset divorce, considering the long history of disputed claims and court battles between the spouses.

Economy causes more grandparents to take custody of grandchildren

It is hardly a new phenomenon: for many years, grandparents have willingly taken custody of their grandchildren when their parents are no longer able to care for them. However, according to recent data from the United States Census Bureau, the economic recession has increased the number of parents who no longer have the financial means to care for their children, resulting in an increased number of grandparents who take custody on either a temporary or permanent basis.

Valuation dates may affect your property division

One of the most complicated aspects of divorce is the process of property division. Determining who owns what and how to fairly and equitably divide money and assets can be a long and exhausting process. This is especially true in a volatile economy such as the one we are currently in. The value of assets can change significantly from month-to-month or even week-to-week, which is why the concept of a valuation date is so important.

Should marriage have an expiration date?

Last week, members of the legislature in Mexico proposed a controversial change to the Mexican civil code as it relates to marriage and divorce. Specifically, members of Mexico's left wing political party proposed that marriage licenses should be temporary, with an expiration date set at the time of issuance. This will help lower the country's divorce rate, the politicians claim, by allowing marriages to simply expire if the couple no longer wants to be together.

Abuse is the most common reason for divorce, survey reports

There are countless reasons that an Atlanta couple might decide to end their marriage. Because every relationship, marriage, and family is different, it is likely impossible to boil those reasons down to simple explanations that can be placed in neat categories. But a recent survey has attempted to do just that, and has concluded that domestic abuse is the most common reason that both men and women decide to file for divorce.

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