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November 2014 Archives

The arguments for and against same-sex marriage

Many Georgia residents hold strong views both in favor of and against same-sex marriage. While some hold these opinions based on religious or moral beliefs, others see same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue. Passions run high on both sides of the argument, and the issue has featured prominently in recent years on ballot initiatives and in the courts.

How is child support determined?

Divorce or separation may be a difficult prospect in any situation, but when children are involved, the scenario can become much more complex. Child support laws can vary by state, but in Georgia, both parents' incomes are considered when the court is deciding the amount to be paid. The courts may also look at severance pay, pensions, lottery winnings and bonuses, among other financial considerations.

Child custody in Georgia

Parents and guardians in Georgia may benefit from learning more about how the state handles child custody issues. Noncustodial parents who are interested in obtaining custody of their children are required to file a petition for a custody change with the Superior Court that presides over the custodial parent's residing county. At the hearing, noncustodial parents are required to exhibit material proof of a significant change in circumstance that directly affects family life and the child's best interests.

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