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Can I Move My Child To A Different State?

The determination as to which parent will maintain custody of the children at the conclusion of a divorce is one of the most hotly contested issues couples will face in family law. The Court will base ...
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When Do You Need A Guardian Ad Litem?

When a legal issue that comes before the Court involves matters that will affect the lives of children the services of a guardian ad litem is sometimes utilized to ensure that the best interest of the ...
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AT WHAT AGE CAN A CHILD SELECT WHICH PARENT HE/SHE WANTS TO LIVE WITH?

Under Georgia law, once a child reaches 14 years of age, he/she can elect the parent he/she wants to reside with. The election of a child age 14 years or older shall control unless the parent the ...
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WHEN DOES CHILD SUPPORT END IN GEORGIA?

Under Georgia law, child support terminates under the following circumstances: Once the child reaches the age of majority (currently age 18), unless the provision provides for child support to ...
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WHAT EXACTLY IS JOINT CUSTODY IN GEORGIA? IF THERE'S JOINT CUSTODY, DOES THAT MEAN THERE'S NO CHILD SUPPORT?

For those who are contemplating divorce and have children, questions often arise regarding the term "joint custody." Specifically, divorcing parents wonder what exactly does the term ...
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CAN MY EX-SPOUSE WHO HAS PRIMARY PHYSICAL CUSTODY MOVE OUR CHILD OUT OF STATE AFTER DIVORCE?

Sometimes ex-spouses want to move out of state after a divorce for reasons such as better job opportunities, being close to family, or to live with a new spouse. Issues often arise when the ex-spouse ...
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CAN CHILDREN CHOOSE WHICH SPOUSE TO LIVE WITH IN A DIVORCE ACTION?

When minor children are involved, spouses who are parties to a divorce action often wonder at what age are children able to select which spouse to live with. Under Georgia law, children age 14 and ...
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Impact of Remarriage on Child Support

It is often necessary for Georgia courts to make a determination of the financial needs of a child or children at the conclusion of the divorce. In doing this the main consideration before the court ...
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Will Divorce Affect An Adoption?

The decision to adopt a child is just one of the pivotal life choices that are made by couples involved in a marital relationship. Adoptions can also come up in a scenario where a spouse desires to ...
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What Is A Georgia Parenting Plan?

The process of obtaining a divorce in the state of Georgia can be extremely complicated or quite simple depending on the couple and the issues that they will be deciding. For couples that have ...
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What Happens If You Don't Pay Child Support?

What Happens If You Don't Pay Child Support? The parents of a child are required to provide for the child until he or she becomes an adult. Regardless of whether the child is living with the ...
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Georgia Separate Maintenance

Divorce is the process for the legal dissolution of a marriage by a court. However, there are circumstances in which couples may decide to live apart but not end the marriage. The reasons for this ...
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Emancipation in Georgia

What does it mean in Georgia for a minor to be emancipated from their parents? Ultimately, emancipation means to set free from legal or social restrictions. In the context of divorce and family law it ...
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HOW DO CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS AFFECT TAXES? WHO CAN CLAIM THE CHILD AS A DEPENDENT FOR TAX PURPOSES?

The process of resolving the issue of child support can be challenging for all parties involved. Furthermore, once child support has been awarded, it is important for both parties to know the tax ...
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WHAT IS THE PATERNITY ACKNOWLEDGMENT FORM?

Often unwed parents recall signing a form at the hospital after the birth of their child called a Paternity Acknowledgment Form. These unwed parents often question the purpose of the form and what ...
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Can I Prevent My Child From Being Moved Out of State?

Divorce and custody related matters can present several issues for parents to resolve. Sometimes, either because of a change in employment or family support, one parent may decide to move to a ...
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Legitimation: Securing A Father's Rights

The issue of what rights a father has when it comes to their children has been posed to our law firm by several of our clients. Several fathers of children born out of wedlock have had to address the ...
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What Rights Do Grandparents Have?

It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child. What we see in our family and divorce law practice is that several members of a family play an integral part in the rearing of children. In ...
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Can I Be Arrested For Not Paying Child Support?

In the state of Georgia it is common knowledge that a person can be arrested because of a failure to pay court ordered child support. All parents have an obligation to financially support their ...
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How Do Georgia Courts Determine Child Custody?

When a couple reaches the decision to end a marriage the determination of child custody is often the most crucial. Georgia defines custody as sole, joint, joint legal and joint physical. Typically, a ...
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