Deciding to adopt a child can be an exciting time in people's lives. Bringing a child into a family can be a most rewarding experience. Most people in Georgia go into the process aware of the many of the steps that need to be completed before an adoption can happen. These steps include home visits, background checks and review of a person's finances.
Divorce can be contentious. Add child support to the mix in Georgia and the stress and anxiety rise incrementally. Once child support amounts are settled, they need to be paid. If a parent disappears, is presumed dead, and then reappears, what is the implication for the unpaid support? This was the question in a recent case where just such a situation arose.
In Georgia and elsewhere, divorce proceedings can be contentious. This can be especially true when it comes to the division of property and assets. The more property and assets that are involved, the more complicated property division can become. Take, for example, the recent story of the divorcing couple who jointly owned an original Picasso.
It is hard to find anyone in the United States that the opioid epidemic has not in some way touched. Sadly, the epidemic continues to grow in Georgia as the death toll mounts. Among the biggest losers of the epidemic are the children born of addicted mothers. But there is hope. Some of these mothers are inspired by their children to seek and maintain recovery through child custody.
Child custody and child support can be two of the most stressful factors in the outcome of a divorce. Living up to child support commitments can place additional strain on an already stressful situation. The courts in Georgia are trying to alleviate some of that stress through the creation of what they call Parental Accountability Court.