While the laws affecting same-sex couples continue to evolve in this country, a complicated patchwork of legislation has left gay and lesbian individuals with different rights based upon where they live. While the rights of gays and lesbians vary greatly from state to state, a recent study has found that gay parents are up against uphill battles in every state, including here in Georgia.
Many people in Georgia put off divorce because they are worried about the effect it will have on their children. The truth is that divorce does affect children--whether they are young or whether they are all grown up. However, being sensitive to children's emotions and offering them the support they need is often the key to parenting well during divorce. Unfortunately, many parents are engulfed by the stress and trauma of divorce themselves, and their children's needs wind up on the back burner.
Another celebrity child custody battle has made the news in Atlanta. Rapper Big Boi, of the Grammy award-winning duo Outkast, has recently made headlines for filing for joint custody of his 12-year-old son in Georgia. The rapper and his wife of 11 years are in the midst of a divorce, and his wife had sought full custody of the child, as well as child support.
Georgia lawmakers may soon consider a significant change to the state's domestic violence laws. A Georgia prosecutor along with domestic violence advocates in Athens wants the offense of strangulation to be charged as a felony. As it stands, strangulation or choking typically amounts to a simple battery charge.
Many grandparents in Georgia play a very active role in the lives of their grandchildren. In fact, a number of grandparents even live with their grandchildren in multi-generational homes or raise their grandchildren, acting as their primary caregivers. It was recently reported that one in 10 American children live in households with their grandparents, and about 2.6 million American children are being raised primarily by their grandparents.
Child custody disputes can be emotionally exhausting for Georgia parents, but when the parents in a particular dispute do not both reside in the U.S. things can become extremely challenging. This is because when child custody battles span international borders, there are questions of jurisdiction. In which country should the custody case be held? And, of course, the stakes are very high in international child custody disputes because a shared custody agreement or visitation plan would be impossible for most families.
High levels of U.S. military activity globally have significantly impacted service members with child custody arrangements. What happens when a divorced or single military father or mother with a custody and visitation arrangement is deployed away from home?
For Georgia couples, divorce can be a difficult time, and sometimes children get lost in the mix. Children may not understand what is going on, but at the same time, they do not want to make anything worse for the people who are taking care of them.
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.
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.