We all know that not every marriage lasts. Deciding to get a divorce is an extremely difficult time for anyone, and it can be even more challenging when the couple has children. The emotional toll of a divorce will impact each and every person in the family, and it is important to keep this in mind when going through the process. All too often, one of the spouses will want the divorce to end as soon as possible. They may make decisions that do not take into account very important factors, which can be difficult to reverse once accepted by the court. All issues, from property division to child custody, need to be discussed in detail at the time of the divorce.
Often after such an upheaval as divorce can bring, a person decides that moving to a new place would be the best option, either to pursue a new career opportunity, to move closer to family and a support network or simply to try and make a fresh start. If a person shares custody of a child under 14 years old in Georgia, however, trying to move becomes a more complicated process. It is important to understand the steps that a parent looking to relocate after divorce needs to take to modify a child custody award and the factors the court will base its decision on when deciding whether to grant the modification.
The holidays can be a confusing time for children of divorce and a scheduling headache for parents, especially those who are new to divorce. Co-parenting can help those who are spending the holidays apart for the first time this year. A child custody order may set out the exact times that each parent is to have the children over the holidays, but the specific details may be hard to navigate this season.
A mother or father's parental rights may be terminated by a court of law for neglect, abuse or abandonment of their child. Termination of parental rights requires sufficient due process. One state Supreme Court is set to decide whether or not a court has the power to terminate the parental rights of an illegal immigrant under the basis that imprisonment constitutes abandonment.
NBA "All Star" Dwyane Wade has recently made headlines in the news for issues other than his hamstring injury causing him to miss a percentage of the basketball preseason. The Miami Heat guard testified in family court on Friday and resumed the testimony on Monday over modification of the child custody order concerning his two young sons, ages 8 and 3.
The Georgia Supreme Court clarified the child support guidelines statute OCGA § 19-61-5 concerning judicial discretion when awarding child support payments. The court held that a trial court judge has discretion to award the lump sum payment of a child support obligation should the circumstances of a divorce warrant such an award.