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When families begin to fracture, there is often a period of separation where the family is no longer intact, but there is also no court order regarding child custody, visitation, support, and the like. In other words, no enforceable rules by which the parents will abide by during this period of transition.

Have you verified your child's vacation with your ex-spouse?

School is out and summer vacation is upon us which, for a lot of families, means the opportunity to take family vacations to other states or even other countries. If you're divorced or separated, however, you may need to do a little more planning before going on your next family trip.

Custody: They're Watching You!

One of my most favorite quotes about parenting is the quote by Robert Fulghum: "Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you". Another quote I stand by is that "it takes a village to raise a child". In custody cases, many people are watching you.  And that village (the judge) is going to decide who gets custody of your children, if you leave it up to them.

What goes around... Custody

I know a guy. He got divorced a long, long time ago. As soon as he was divorced, his ex-wife took off with his two children, then about six and four, to parts unknown. She had no cause to take off, didn't even claim any, but she just didn't want to share her kids with an ex.  She wanted more than custody.  She wanted everything.

"What Do You Know?"

Would your decision to hire an oncologist be based solely on whether or not that doctor has had cancer? Or would your choice of pediatrician turn on whether that doctor has children of their own? I remember when I was a counselor working in addiction treatment, I would often be told "What do you know?! You're not an addict!"

How Is Custody Decided In Georgia Family Courts?

Divorce cases are often tough for children emotionally, and courts go to great lengths to help ensure that they do not feel the blow of a marital split for the rest of their lives. Determining which parent has which responsibility is a difficult issue in some cases, and the courts have to take a large number of factors into consideration before coming to a conclusion. Let's discuss how Georgia's child custody laws work a little more closely.

But I Signed the Birth Certificate!?

Let's talk administrative legitimation. I work with a lot of men who are dads-out-of-wedlock, and are seeking some visitation (or at times custody) rights regarding children they had with women they weren't/aren't married to. We now live in a society where a lot of births happen before the marriage, or sometimes the parents never get married but stay together as a couple. This is now the hip, Hollywood-style of parenting and family-ing.

Emancipation Proclamations

So, anyone who was around in the 90's and kept up with popular culture probably remembers when Maculay Culkin became "emancipated" from his parents after accusing them of embezzling some of the fortune he amassed as a child actor. I've often wondered just how exactly a minor becomes emancipated and what exactly that means.

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