If you are beginning the divorce process with minor children in tow, you can expect custody issues to rank among the issues that dominate discussions. In some cases, a Georgia judge may choose to appoint a guardian ad litem.
Many people think that divorce, by its very nature, necessitates a dispute between former spouses. While stress and discomfort are likely inevitable, a dispute does not have to be. Litigation is ultimately unnecessary, and instead of going to court, you may be able to opt for an alternative dispute resolution. ADR, or mediation, is one of the best options for navigating a divorce amicably and effectively.
When you and your spouse are going through the lengthy, costly, often-exhausting divorce process, it can be very tempting to cut corners and take the easiest way out. However, in many cases, failing to resolve issues that seem inconsequential or unnecessary at the time can come back to haunt you, and make the process much more difficult in the end.
If you were fighting for custody of your children, it goes without saying that you would do pretty much anything in order to get your kids. But what if the court's decision to withhold custody was based on something that was at least partially out of your control?
When two parents love and want to spend as much time with their children as possible, which is usually the case, a child custody battle can quickly become heated and very emotional. This is why even the most minor issues or infractions can be (and often are) brought as evidence against one parent or the other, and those details may even be the deciding factor in the case.
A mother is facing possible jail time for contempt of court after she allegedly violated her child custody order. But the violation was not something like knowingly violating the parenting time schedule or taking the children out of state without their father's knowledge. What could land the mother in jail is something that most parents do without a second thought: baptizing her children.
Earlier this month, we touched on a few potential implications of family law issues on income taxes. With the federal tax filing deadline fast approaching, we thought it might be a good time to revisit that topic and add some clarification on how a child custody order or agreement could affect your income tax filing.
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.
When a Georgia family court judge makes a custody ruling, they rely on a flexible standard known as the "best interests of the child." This standard lists about a dozen different criteria for a judge to use in determining the best child custody arrangement for the child and the circumstances. As such, custody rulings often vary significantly from judge to judge and from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
In most states, family court judges may not use personal disapproval or a lack of understanding of a religion determine their ruling on a child custody dispute. However, what happens when a parent alleges that the other parent's religious practices cause harm to the child in an attempt to gain custody of their child?