Throughout history, technology has been used for good and ill. Jet engines whisk people to far off destinations in hours, but they can also carry warheads. Medical advances have saved countless lives, but have also led to the proliferation of devastating biological weapons. Recently, a new child custody study has found that smartphones and other technological advances can also be a major source of good or ill for Atlanta couples that share custody of their kids.
In a 2010 survey of U.S. divorce attorneys, more than 80 percent reported that they had seen an increase in the number of family law cases in which social media posts and photos were used as evidence in the last five years. And as Facebook, Twitter and other social networking websites continue to grow in usage and popularity, this number will likely only increase.
Although the family law world has become significantly more friendly toward men in recent decades, husbands and fathers may still find themselves at somewhat of a disadvantage in divorce, child custody and other family law cases. Therefore, according to one family law attorney, men need to take special precautions in order to protect their interests during the legal divorce process.
If you and your spouse had decided to divorce, and you were asked to pick a few select dates and events that you wanted to spend with your children, what would you choose? Religious or secular holidays, or perhaps your birthday? What about an annual family reunion or some other special event?
By: Vic Brown Hill
Last week, we brought our Georgia family law blog readers the news that Katie Holmes had filed for divorce from Tom Cruise after five years of marriage. In that blog post, we speculated that one of the most contentious issues of the divorce would likely be the custody of the couple's six-year-old daughter, Suri. If the entertainment media is to be believed, that appears to be the case.
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?
If this is your child's first summer break since you and your spouse divorced, you may have unsure of how the change in your child's schedule will affect your child custody and parenting time agreement. Hopefully, the agreement or court order contains sufficient details about any changes to your parenting time schedule during the summer months. But even the most detailed agreement can easily miss a key point, and even the most experienced family law attorney or family court can fail to anticipate an issue that could eventually arise.
In years past, the child custody orders handed down by most family court judges in Georgia and around the country were largely identical. When parents divorced, the mother would get sole custody of the children, and the father would get parenting time every other weekend, or a similar schedule.
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.