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The case for shared parenting

Many Georgia fathers who are going through a divorce would like to remain a significant role in their children's lives. However, U.S. Census data reveals that family law judges in the vast majority of cases give the mother physical custody with the father receiving limited visitation. There are many reasons why fathers shouldn't give up fighting for shared custody of their children.

How child custody can impact a tax return

When Georgia parents of minor children end their marriage, most likely the last thing that they are thinking about is the IRS. However, it may be a good idea to understand the different ways that having custody of a child could impact a person's tax situation. For instance, the parent who claims a child as a dependent on a tax return might be entitled to the earned income credit or the child tax credit.

The flow of communication with children after a divorce

Georgia residents who have children and are going through a divorce might soon become familiar with virtual visitation. Calls, texts, video chatting and e-mails fall under this category of virtual visitation, and technology allows noncustodial parents to spend time with children even when not physically with them.

The benefits of co-parenting after a divorce in Georgia

It's well-known that divorces are often tough for the children involved, but in some cases, things are made harder by the actions of parents. Parents may decide that they never want to see their ex again or speak negatively about their ex to the kids. This will only cause problems for the children who may feel guilty or in a tough spot.

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.

Custody dispute continues between Nicole Curtis, child's father

Georgia viewers of the TV show "Rehab Addict" may be aware that star Nicole Curtis had a child, and she has been engaged in series of custody battles ever since with her 1-year-old son's father. The court cases began when the child's father filed a paternity claim. Curtis then asked for child support and expenses from child care and the birth.

Child custody and domestic violence myths may harm families

There are a few significant misconceptions that surround child custody and domestic violence cases in Georgia and across the United States. One prevalent myth is that a parent accused of domestic violence is automatically precluded from obtaining custody of a child.

Establishing paternity after a child's birth

When a married woman gives birth in Georgia, there is a legal presumption that the woman's husband is her child's father. On the other hand, a child that is born to an unmarried mother does not automatically have a father in the eyes of the law. Unmarried parents must legally establish paternity for their child so that the child can receive the legal benefits of having a father.

Common co-parenting challenges

Divorced parents living in Georgia may want to work out a shared custody arrangement so that their children can spend equal time with both of them. While co-parenting often sounds like the best plan for everyone involved, it can be very challenging in practice. When parents cannot communicate with each other effectively while sharing custody, court orders may be needed to enforce the plan.

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