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Child custody important issue for divorcing parents in Georgia

Going through a divorce can be a trying and stressful time for couples that are figuring out how they are going to split everything into two. This stress is often magnified when children are involved, especially when both parents play an active role in the children's lives. For those parents considering or beginning the divorce process in Georgia, it is important to be aware of the child custody options available to them. Legal professionals in the family law field can be incredibly helpful in this area.

Over the past couple of decades, the typical child custody arrangement has changed, often allowing both parents to have nearly equal time with the children, rather than awarding a single party sole custody. However, this is not always the case. In some instances, the mother is awarded custody, while the father is left with visitation rights and child support payments.

Moving forward in Georgia adoption

For anyone looking to adopt a child, now may be the time. During the month of November, adoption awareness is being raised throughout Georgia and across the country. With hundreds of thousands of children in need of a new home, many families are making the choice to take the next step in the adoption process. Those interested in adopting a child in Georgia can see what options are available with the assistance of a family lawyer.

Congressman Markwayne Mullin and his wife decided to adopt, even though they already had three children of their own. When his wife noticed that there were two 6-year-old girls being raised by different extended family members, she knew that these twins needed a home in which they could grow up together. Together this couple determined that adopting these children was the step they needed to take.

Georgia family lawyers can assist with child custody arrangements

Children are greatly influenced by their parents, especially in their early years as they are developing emotionally, physically, mentally and socially. The roles that children's parents play in their lives can affect how those children build and maintain relationships throughout the rest of their lives. Those families going through divorce in Georgia can create a child custody arrangement that best meets the needs of their children.

The first six years of life are especially important in the development of emotional attachment in children. They are also developing the strength to tolerate when their needs go unmet for a period of time, the motivation to work and learn, and how to understand lasting relationships. Parents that have decided to go through the divorce process with young children should keep these developmental aspects in mind as they work to create a child custody arrangement.

Foster care adoption is a possibility for Georgia families

Foster care provides a temporary home, or series of homes, for those children that may not have a place to call their own. On the other hand, adoption gives children a forever family in which they can grow into who they are meant to be. Domestic, international, public and private are all types of adoption that are available to Georgia families seeking to grow through this process. Families can choose to adopt from the foster system, as well. 

A brother and a sister had been separated during their time in foster care, longing to be reunited through the adoption process. One couple, having planned on adopting younger children, met these two siblings and instantly knew they were the ones. The long wait in foster care had come to an end.

Supporting children through divorce in Georgia

Divorce, as with any major life event, can have a lasting impact on those involved, especially for children who are still growing and developing during this time. Parents considering divorce in Georgia should be aware of how it can affect their children and what they can do to ease the stress and tension for everyone involved. Family lawyers have experience creating child custody and support arrangements that can play a big part in the adjustment following a divorce.

How children will react to their parents' divorce is unique to each situation and largely depends on the age of the child. As with many heavy or deep topics, it is important to remember that the children do not need to know everything. There may be some information concerning one's marital conflict of which the children should not have to be a part.

Georgia baby boomers can be prepared for divorce late in life

Divorce at any age creates challenges and obstacles that may last well into the future. This is especially true of divorces that occur later on in life. Those involved are often approaching retirement. Spouses considering divorce in Georgia have resources available to explain the process and offer suggestions about the best steps to take to be fully prepared. 

A recent study notes that in a 20-year span, divorces in the baby boomer generation more than doubled. The research indicates that this rise in divorce at an older age has had a significant impact on women. Rather than retiring around the age of 50 or 60, women who divorced later in life can often be found working full-time between the ages of 50 and 74.

Prospective parents can be prepared for adoption in Georgia

The number of children around the world in need of families to call their own is heartbreaking. Yet, many families choose not to consider adoption because it seems too daunting and costly. While the process of adopting a child varies in each case, it is an incredibly rewarding thing in which to be a part. Those in Georgia who may be looking into adoption have many resources available to them that can guide them through the process.

The journey to adoption begins with making the decision and beginning to create a profile. Prospective adoptive parents must have a home study done, determine the agency or agencies with which they want to work and choose a family law or adoption professional to assist with the process. Getting these things prepared before the new year can allow a family to be presented to birth mothers who are having children toward the end of the year.

Georgia parents can choose child custody arrangement

Custody arrangements following divorce can take a variety of forms, depending largely on the two parents and their relationships with the child. While there are many options available to parents going through the divorce process, it is important for them to take the child's best interests into consideration. Joint child custody, both legal and physical or solely joint legal custody, may be an option that parents in Georgia consider.

When two parties decide that they are going to share legal and physical custody of their children, they are largely doing most of the parenting together. They make decisions concerning the children's welfare and how they will be raised cooperatively. Additionally, the children spend equal, or nearly equal, time living with each parent. This may result in three days with one parent and four with the other, switching for holidays, or spending a week with one and then a week with the other.

Remembering older children in Georgia foster care adoption

Foster care provides a home to children who have no family, although it may only be temporarily. Adoption, on the other hand, gives children a home and a forever family to call their own. Sadly, many children grow up in the foster care system and are then less likely to be adopted. Georgia families interested in adoption have many resources available to them and may choose to seek assistance from family law professionals.

One family decided to look into adoption, even though they had three biological children. After beginning the process, they sought to find some way to bring attention to the fact that older children are often overlooked because of age. The mother began to take pictures of children in the foster care system, trying to show them that they are loved and deserve to feel beautiful.

Georgia child custody: Meet the child's best interest

Divorce can bring up a number of questions when child custody is involved. No matter the background or whether children are biological or adopted, how these questions are answered will have a lasting impact on everyone involved. Determining one's child custody arrangement is one of biggest challenges for divorcing couples. Family law professionals in Georgia can assist parents as they work through this aspect of divorce.

Children of various ages often react differently to learning that their parents will be splitting up. Younger children may not fully understand what is going on or may blame themselves for their parents not being in love anymore. Elementary and middle school-age children typically want everyone to get along and be nice to each other. Older children may judge their parents' actions or decisions and decide to take sides, especially if encouraged to do so by one parent.

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