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Cherokee County Divorce Law Blog

Noncustodial parents: Help! My ex won't let me see my kids!

In Georgia, judges see joint custody as the better custody arrangement because it allows parents to continue to take an equal part in their children's lives despite the fact that they are no longer living together. But just because parents are supposed to share legal and physical custody equally doesn't always mean it happens.

In some circumstances, parents will knowingly ignore the terms of a custody arrangement out of spite for their ex-spouse. They may purposefully skip visitation days or only drop of one child and withhold the others during a scheduled time. In many cases, noncustodial parents are on the receiving end of this maliciousness, which oftentimes leads to the question: 

5 tips to help you navigate the issue of a parental relocation

Once a judge makes a custody and visitation order final, both parents must uphold their end of the agreement, which means consistently fulfilling pick-up-and-drop-off obligations, meeting the terms of the time-sharing schedule and maintaining open communication with the other parent when plans need to change.

Unfortunately, when one parent decides to move away - whether because they need a new start in another state or have to move because of a work obligation - a relocation can interfere with that parent's ability to uphold their end of the custody agreement. In these types of parental relocation cases, Georgia law fails to offer proper guidance, forcing parents instead to follow these five guidelines: 

Dividing assets is a challenge made worse by deception

Most people who go through divorce simply want the process to be over as quickly as possible. For some, this means enforcing a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. For others, it means working through tough negotiations that lead to a resolution both sides agree to.

Unfortunately for individuals with considerable wealth, divorce proceedings aren't always easy to work through or quick in nature, for that matter. Most contentions arise during the course of property division where certain assets, such as business holdings and stocks, require valuation and equitable distribution. 

How Much should Mandy Moore be paid to walk her dogs?

After six years, Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams have ended their marriage. They would have liked to do so earlier - they announced their separation well over a year ago - but could not agree on the terms of their divorce.

Their disputes hinged, in part, on Moore's demands for spousal support, and Adams's refusal to pay it. Namely, Moore believed she was entitled to monthly payments of $37,000 in exchange for taking care of the couple's six cats and two dogs.

What's more, she may have been right.

Will your divorce decisions affect your taxes?

With the tax deadline behind us, it's unlikely that a lot of people have next year's taxes on their minds. But for couples presently going through divorce proceedings, it might be a good idea to at least consider next year's tax filing. That's because some of the decisions you make this year during divorce proceedings can change how you address your taxes next year.

Here is a list of five important decisions made during the divorce process that should take extra consideration if you do not want to negatively impact your filing status next tax season. 

Does a spouse have claim to an inheritance in divorce?

Most people say the worst part of getting a divorce is dividing assets and debts. Because of heightened emotions and hurt feelings, most people are typically worried about how much their spouse will get and whether they are getting a fair deal or not.

But for people with unique assets, like inheritance money, concern can go beyond how much their spouse will get, changing into concern over whether their spouse will have a claim to those assets at all. 

3 tips for effective co-parenting after a divorce

Deciding to end your marriage can be hard enough on a married couple, but when children are involved, the challenges can be even greater. While you may prefer to never interact with your soon-to-be former spouse again, the reality after a divorce involving kids is that you will likely have some degree of affiliation with your ex moving forward.

Consequently, it's wise to consider how you will learn to co-parent with your ex soon after considering a divorce. Making the transition as smooth as possible is typically the goal for most parents.

Luckily, there are some steps you can take to help your kids adjust to life in two separate houses.

7 tips for helping your children cope with divorce

Divorce can be extremely difficult for couples, particularly when one spouse has done something to hurt the other.

But, it is important to remember that divorce is even more stressful for children. Many kids, especially younger ones, feel like the divorce is somehow their fault. Or, they worry that their life will never be normal again.

The stress of divorce can post both short- and long-term impacts to a child's emotional and mental well-being. It's important to put a conscious effort into helping your children cope during this difficult period in their lives. Here are some tips that can help:

The impact of domestic violence on divorce

Divorce is rarely an easy process, and it can be made more difficult when there are abuse issues involved. If you're a woman divorcing your abusive husband, there are some things you can do to help make the process of ending your marriage easier on you.

Dealing with children during a divorce

Georgia parents who are thinking about getting a divorce may be understandably hesitant for fear of its potential impact on their children. While ending a marriage can be difficult for young children, it's possible to act in a way that provides for their well-being and avoids inflicting a needless amount of stress on them in the process.

A child's personal happiness is likely to be one of the most important concerns during a divorce. Children do not always understand the reasons why their parents are seeking a split, and a little consideration at this stage of the process can go a long way. Though one parent may hold quite negative feelings about the other, they should avoid voicing them to their child. Not only can alienating a child from one parent negatively impact their mental health, it can have great consequences during the divorce itself if the alienated parent accuses the other of wrongdoing.

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