June 2018 Archives

What is child support intended to cover?

One of the most contentious parts of a divorce in Georgia frequently concerns child support issues. The noncustodial parent typically pays child support to the custodial parent. Many child support arrangements are part of the divorce settlement and are mandated by the court. However, only about 43.5 percent of custodial parents who are owed child support receive the amount they are owed. And the discrepancies are not limited to parents who are financially challenged.

What is best for the child in a child custody case?

Decisions involving the custody children after divorce can can be difficult and emotionally charged. Courts always take into consideration what is best for the child in Georgia, but this may not always be clear. An example of such a difficult child custody case is currently unfolding.

Summer vacation plans vs. child custody arrangements

Summer is here and family vacations in Georgia are being eagerly anticipated. While this is true for most families, divorced families with child custody arrangements may face a different reality. In an ideal situation, custody is shared by both parents and they willingly share information such as where and when vacations are planned. Not all situations are ideal.

How IRAs can figure in alimony payments with the new tax law

The financial components of divorce may look a little different in Georgia starting in 2019. The alimony deduction is disappearing with the advent of a provision in the new tax law which will then be in effect. There is another option that may provide some tax benefits if the circumstances are right.

A child custody battle over medical treatment

If a parent is asked what his or her greatest concern is, the response will frequently be a concern for the health and well-being of his or her child. When a child suffers from health issues, that can become a parent's primary focus. There are instances where parents have risked losing custody of their children over religious differences between their faith and their child's recommended medical care. In a current case, parents risk losing a child custody battle because they sought a treatment that is not legal in the state of Georgia but proved effective in treating their son's seizure disorder.

Air Force leave changes may ease the way for adoption

Deciding to adopt a child can be a scary but wonderful time in a family's life. The United States Air Force just made making such a decision a little bit easier for Air Force personnel living in Georgia. Until recently, the Air Force allowed a woman who gave birth to take up to 12 weeks of maternity leave. Spouses were allowed to take up to 10 days leave. Parents in an adoption were not granted the same leave.

Divorce and property settlements are not easy

Divorce in Georgia can lead to very contentious situations. The more property and assets that are involved, the more antagonistic the situation can become. Such is the case in a prolonged divorce settlement of a high profile couple in Atlanta. Their wedding was a lavish affair in 1995. Two very successful people were getting married and chances are they did not have divorce on their mind.