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.
Recently, the Georgia House of Representatives passed a law that aims to give grandparents more access to their grandchildren, even if the children's parents oppose such contact. The bill will strengthen the rights of Georgia grandparents to visit grandchildren who are caught in the middle of child custody or similar family law cases.
Georgia's House Judiciary Non-civil Committee approved "the American Laws for Georgia's Court Act" this Thursday, which will move the controversial proposed law forward for a full vote in the House of Representatives. The primary intent of the bill is to prevent Georgia judges from deferring to Sharia law when resolving divorce and child custody cases. Sharia law is based on Islamic principles determined by clerics and is used in many of the world's Muslim countries.
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.
A paternity lawsuit has reportedly been filed against a member of the Atlanta Falcons professional football team, according to recent reports on various entertainment websites.
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 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.
It is a very complex process for a mother to petition for full custody of a child if the child's father already shares custody of the child. When a judge decides on who should have custody, he or she looks at the best interests of the child and it might be difficult to convince a later judge that the first judge made a mistake. It is even harder for a mother to deny the father visitation with the child. While this is true in the United States, it is a whole different matter in Japan and the Japanese legal system has long sheltered Japanese mothers who have taken their half-American children from returning them to the United States.
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.