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January 2012 Archives

Why mediation may not be right for you

In recent years, family law professionals have touted mediation as the solution to the increasingly backlogged family court systems in Ohio and around the country. Many couples have decided to use mediation as a more cost-effective, less combative way to conclude their marriage.

Anger reportedly to blame for Heidi Klum divorce

Earlier this week, supermodel Heidi Klum and her husband Seal announced that they had decided to separate and file for divorce after seven years of marriage. Of course, a celebrity divorce is not exactly a new thing (see our earlier Georgia family law blog posts on Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Kobe Bryant and, of course, Kim Kardashian) but many people were shocked by this split.

Is cohabitation healthier than marriage?

According to a recent study into the relative health benefits of cohabitation and marriage, researchers came to a surprising conclusion. People who choose to live together without marrying may be more happy and healthy and have better social ties than married couples.

Post-divorce, Lindsey Vonn succeeds on the slopes

It can be difficult enough to separate from a spouse with whom you share a home and a family. So what happens when you share a career with your spouse, and a very public one at that? This is what Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn had to deal with when her husband filed for divorce in November. Because not only was he her spouse, but he was also her coach, scheduler, manager, and press liaison.

Child support suit seeks lawyers for indigent parents (2)

Earlier this week, we began a discussion of a lawsuit that is currently pending in Fulton County Superior Court. Recently, the judge presiding over the suit granted the plaintiffs' motion for class-action status, a major step toward success in the case.

Child support suit seeks lawyers for indigent parents (1)

Last week, we reported on the nearly $20 million increase in child support collection from 2009 to 2010 in Georgia. Certainly, that is a positive development. Many parents rely on child support payments to pay their bills and make ends meet, and the state should do everything it can to help single parents get the money they need and deserve.

Child support collections up in Georgia

Last month, we reported on what has become somewhat of an epidemic in the United States: the failure of many parents to pay their court-ordered or agreed-upon child support. According to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, less than half of all custodial parents receive the full amount of child support owed to them by the noncustodial parents of their children.

Paternity test tops many Georgians' resolution lists

Over the past few years, there has been a common item topping the New Year's resolution lists of many parents in Georgia and throughout the United States: to conclusively determine the paternity of their child or children.

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