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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 child is observed. Essentially, anytime a Court needs additional...

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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 child chooses to live with is deemed to be unfit to have physical...

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CAN I MAKE AN OUT-OF-COURT AGREEMENT WITH MY EX-SPOUSE TO WAIVE CHILD SUPPORT OR REDUCE IT?

After a final judgment and decree of divorce that establishes child support has been entered, ex-spouses may wonder if they are allowed to establish their own private agreements outside of court modifying the child support obligation. Under Georgia law, such private...

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IS CHILD SUPPORT AUTOMATICALLY REDUCED WHEN ONE OF THE CHILDREN TURNS 18?

Parents who pay a lump sum child support payment for multiple children may wonder if child support is automatically reduced when one of the children turns 18 and has graduated high school. Under Georgia law, there is no automatic reduction in child support due to one...

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