The logistics of co-parenting are difficult. If you look back on your relationship, logistics may have been a problem for your family from the get-go. Coordinating your schedule with the kids’ schedules is hard work, particularly if both parents work and the kids are involved in many activities. If the split is contentious, co-parenting will…

Alimony or spousal support is awarded in Georgia divorces under limited circumstances. Georgia treats alimony as either “rehabilitative” or “permanent,” meaning the award is temporary or lasts indefinitely. Most alimony payments will cease after a contractual period of time. The purpose of alimony, whether temporary or permanent, is to maintain financial stability during divorce proceedings…

The death of a spouse is one of the most challenging events a person can endure. If the death occurs while the spouses are divorcing, it can be even more challenging, especially if there are young children in the family. One of the most difficult aspects of a divorce are the parties’ emotions. During the…

If you are in a legal dispute in Georgia in which child custody and visitation must be determined – or if you are contemplating such a dispute – you will be in a much better position by knowing the criterion by which Georgia courts resolve disputes over child custody and visitation rights, the “best interest…

Laws regarding paternity (or fatherhood) differ considerably across the country. In Georgia, being the actual father of a child does not necessarily establish paternity for legal purposes, such as rights to visitation, shared custody, support, etc. In fact, listing of an individual’s name as “father” on a birth certificate (even if the man in question,…

In Georgia, parents are legally required to assist, at least, in providing financial support to their children, and no parent can legally waive his or her child support requirements. The amount of financial child support required of a parent, will, of course, vary from case-to-case, depending on many factors, mainly the financial situations of the…

It has become unusual for couples to legally separate.  Typically, when couples reach a point where one or both of them feels that the courts need to resolve their differences, the chosen avenue tends to be divorce. However, in Georgia, legal separation remains an option for couples who wish to spend time apart from each…

In general, when a child is born into a marriage, he or she is presumed to be the husband’s legal child.  Consequently, such a father has custodial rights to the child and stands on equal footing with the child’s mother.  This is also the case if a child is born out of wedlock and the…

On paper, Georgia courts are not supposed to automatically favor either the mother or the father in custody disputes.  According to the Georgia Code: In all cases in which the custody of any child is at issue between the parents, there shall be no prima-facie right to the custody of the child in the father…

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