When news of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver separating hit the news, everyone seemed surprised. The couple had been married for 25 years, and Shriver stayed by Schwarzenegger throughout the allegations that he had groped women before running for office.
Couples in Georgia who are working through divorce tend to face challenging emotional battles. Legal experts say that conflicted personal feelings often get in the way of negotiating logical and objective high asset divorce settlements.
A woman was recently denied child custody, partly due to her breast cancer. The judge in the case justified his decision, claiming that it is important for children to spend time with healthy parents. When courts in Georgia are determining child custody there are a number of factors that are considered, including the home environment of each parent, each parent's relationship with the children and each parent's mental and physical health.
A man was recently apprehended and charged with direct child support contempt after failing to make child support payments for 18 years. In Georgia, a child support contempt action can be used to deal with a non-custodial parent who does not abide by a support order.
A lawsuit, filed by the Atlanta-based Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) for six Georgia parents who have been jailed for delinquent child support payments, demands that Georgia provide lawyers for the parents at contempt hearings.
Separation and divorce for Georgia couples, like anywhere else in the U.S., can be an emotionally painful process, especially when a marriage has been long-term. For an ex-governor and first lady, the process is also public.
A study that was recently published in "Psychology, Public Policy, and Law" shows that many family law judges view child custody cases differently than how the majority of Americans feel about them. Some judges in Georgia assume that mothers should be favored over fathers in custody cases.
In Georgia, the divorce process can be as unique as the couples who are working through the process. On the plus side, that means almost everyone can use the legal system to meet their goals, and the flexibility can help ensure everyone's best interests are met.