Georgia parents may be interested to find out it is not uncommon for mothers to pay child support. When one thinks of child support payments, the mind usually wanders to the father. The father has traditionally been looked upon as the one who leaves the family and, even so, is sought for continued financial support.
On the long-running children's television show "Sesame Street," it seems that the letter "D" stands for a new word: Divorce. That is because, for the first time in the show's 40-year history, it has produced a series on divorce that aims to educate and empathize with children whose parents are going through a split, teaching them that their feelings are acceptable and perfectly normal.
Earlier this week, we wrote a blog post offering tips for Atlanta parents on how to remain positive and to keep the holidays happy, even when you are struggling to deal with a recent divorce and are unable to share the holiday season with your children in the way that you would like.
Next week, children across Georgia will get dressed up in their spooky, sparkly costumes and go from door-to-door, seeking candy handouts from neighbors and friends. Although it may not be possible to enjoy Halloween as much as children do (Costumes! Staying up past bedtime! CANDY!), most parents really enjoy experiencing the holiday with their children. So what happens if you are recently divorced and, per your custody agreement, will not be the one taking your child trick-or-treating this year?
By nature, children tend to be selfish and self-absorbed. This is why, more often than not, kids are surprised and thrown off-guard when their parents announce that they have decided to divorce. But even if they see the split coming, adjusting to the changes it brings can be difficult for children of any age.
It is no secret that a high-conflict divorce can be damaging, not only for children but for the divorcing couple as well. But yet, as many of our Atlanta readers know, sometimes it is simply not possible to maintain a low level of conflict when you are entrenched in a difficult divorce.
When Georgia parents decide to divorce, their children may feel as if their world has suddenly become incredibly unstable as they work to adjust to a new family life and possibly a new home, neighborhood and school. As such, it is important for parents to maintain as much stability in their child's life as possible, especially during the early days during and following the divorce.
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.
A recent Boston College survey of 1,000 fathers showed, among other things, that many working fathers would be willing to give up their career to stay at home with their children if finances permitted. The study-entitled "The New Dad: Caring, Committed and Conflicted"-which surveyed almost 1,000 fathers in the United States who worked at Fortune 500 companies, was released on Wednesday.