2020 has been an interesting year so far, to say the least. We are living through pandemic and we are all in the same boat - sailing through some uncharted territory.
One of the most important values upheld by the state of Georgia and its courts is a parent's obligation to support his or her children. Parents, specifically non-custodial parents, are required by law to provide adequate support for their minor children, and a minor child's right to receive support cannot be waived.
One of the hardest things about the quarantine is the uncertainty. Not knowing how long the quarantine is going to last, not knowing how many small and mid-size businesses will not make it, not knowing whether or not you still will have a job next week.
"Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow."
There are a number of international and national conventions and treaties our firm routinely deals with including the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, which is the cornerstone of measures to take when a child has been abducted and should be returned to his or her country of habitual residence; the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters of 15 November 1965, which is a convention that dictates how to perfect Service of Process abroad, and many others.
To the parent who owes child support, the phrase "Unpaid Child Support Is Forever" may appear less palatable than the familiar phrase regarding diamonds. But, generally speaking, this phrase is true in many aspects.
I recently had an exciting opportunity to participate in a chili cook-off contest in Cobb County, Georgia. There were many contestants, and each provided a small sample for tasting. As I was strolling around and tasting samples, I realized how different each sample tasted. Some were spicy and others were mild. Some were watery and others were thick. As a lawyer who has been practicing divorce and family law in the metro Atlanta area, from Cobb County to Gwinnett County, I feel that the courts and judges in each county have a distinctive "flavor."
Timing is everything in family law. "The early bird gets the worm," and "you snooze, you lose," operate like comandments in our arena.
In cases involving a child, often the two biggest areas of contention circle around child support and visitation. Frequently, cases will only make their way into court because of child support and visitation. As parents, it is natural to tie these issues together and think that if you have one, you must have the other - but in the eyes of Georgia Law this is not always so neatly packaged.
Tonight's post on calculating Military Pay in Family Law was written by our Savannah family law attorney, Professor David Purvis.