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Protecting fathers' rights to child custody

Georgia fathers may find themselves afraid that they will experience bias if they go to family court to resolve their child custody and support issues. Some dads stay in unhealthy relationships because they are afraid of losing custody of their children while others do not seek custody because they assume the mother will receive preference by default. While historically, mothers were often favored in child custody proceedings, modern family law recognizes the importance of both parents' involvement in a child's life. In fact, fathers who actively seek custody are more likely to be successful than mothers in court.

Channing Tatum files paperwork in child custody case

Georgia residents who are fans of Channing Tatum may know that he asked for a judge's help in resolving a child custody dispute. Tatum reportedly asked a judge to create a custody schedule after the child's mother failed to fully agree to one that he had proposed. The child's mother is actress Jenna Dewan, and she and Tatum were married for nine years before getting divorced in 2018.

Dealing with challenging co-parenting relationships

Many divorced parents in Georgia know that the gold standard in co-parenting is to work with a former partner in the best interests of the kids. However, even loving parents who know that children benefit from good relationships with both parents can find co-parenting challenging. This is especially true for exes whose relationships came to an end in a high-conflict situation, such as a divorce involving infidelity or financial shenanigans. These problems can be exacerbated when it seems as if the other parent is all too willing to use emotional manipulation to hinder a healthy co-parenting relationship.

Handling visitation, custody and support with infants

It's important for Georgia parents to understand how to handle family law issues related to child custody and child support. When a child is an infant, there are specific concerns to address. To ensure the child's needs are met and the parents feel comfortable with the arrangement, it is wise to consider key factors.

When visitation time is a danger for kids

Divorced and separated parents may experience frequent conflicts about child custody and visitation time. In most cases, it is best for the children when parents can work together successfully to develop a parenting plan even when their romantic relationship no longer works. However, there are some cases in which a custodial parent may have significant, justified concerns about turning his or her child over to his or her ex for visitation time.

Joint custody becoming more common

While joint physical custody is still not the norm in Georgia, it is becoming increasingly common. In the past, mothers were almost always granted full custody of their children, and the fathers would receive minimal visitation time. That has changed as society's view of parenting roles have likewise changed.

Chance the Rapper heads to court

Not long ago, Chance the Rapper headed to family court with his partner Kirsten Corley. The parents want to change the terms of child support for their daughter Kensli. The couple had Kensli during a relationship that lasted from 2013 to 2016. Though the two separated, they are back together now and planning to marry. In legal documents that have become public, the couple also expressed their desire to change the nature of the decision-making process that dictates various aspects of Kensli's life. The next hearing in this matter is scheduled for mid-February.

How a court determines child custody

Divorcing Georgia parents with concerns about child custody should examine their own living arrangements to anticipate what the court might use against them. Depending on the state, judge and individual court, determinations could vary regarding what is considered acceptable living accommodations. However, courts generally follow a few key rules.

Child support, custody could be a problem for some fathers

Some divorced or unmarried fathers in Georgia may not be able to pay the child support they have been assigned. In some cases, the mother may have filed a protective order against the father that prevents him from seeing their children. In other cases, a father might need to establish paternity.

Why temporary custody can make sense

Parents in Georgia or anywhere else in the United States may be able to give custody of their children to another party on a temporary basis. For instance, parents who have unusual work hours may hand their child over to a grandparent or a trusted friend. Parents who may not have the money to take care of a child may also decide to temporarily relinquish custody.

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