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December 2016 Archives

Policy changes target child support paid by prisoners

Federal inmates in Georgia who struggle to pay accrued child support following their release from prison may have an avenue to relief. Following action that was taken by the Obama administration on Dec. 19, both parents now have the right to seek changes to the amount paid in child support in the event that one of them serves more than six months behind bars.

Divorce and older Georgia couples

The number of individuals who divorce when they are 50 or older has increased significantly in the last few decades, and the number is even greater for those who are over 65. A study completed by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Ohio-based Bowling Green State University indicates that the rate of these so-called "gray divorces" doubled between 1990 and 2014.

Single-parent households more likely to be in poverty

Georgia children who are born to unmarried parents usually remain in households led by a single mom or dad. Though a small percentage of these children's parents will either get married or continue to live together, most of the unmarried parents will part ways. While growing up in single-parent homes, children of unmarried parents are about three times more likely to be impoverished than children with married parents.

Considerations that should be made before relocating

In some Georgia child custody cases, parents will want to move after a custody and visitation order has issued. Sometimes they do so to be closer to a new partner. In other cases, they may want to move for a job or to be closer to their immediate family members.

Divorce rate dropped in 2015

According to data compiled by Bowling Green State University's National Center for Family and Marriage Research, the divorce rate in the United States declined in 2015. In 2014, there were 17.6 divorces per 1,000 married women, but in 2015, there were 16.9 divorces per 1,000 married women. Georgia couples will be interested to know that this is the lowest the national divorce rate has been in nearly 40 years. The peak was in 1980, when there were nearly 23 divorces per 1,000 women.

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