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How to receive more child support in Georgia

Sometimes your divorce decree is not in your favor. Other times, your financial situation may change after your divorce. Either way, you may not be satisfied with the amount of child support you receive from your ex.

The good news is that you can do something about it. You do not have to settle for something that is not working for you and your children. With the help of an experienced family law attorney, you can have the court modify the original divorce order. 

How to establish pet custody and visitation in divorce

If you have pets and are thinking about divorcing your partner, you should think about how your situation affects them. Georgia is one of several states that view pets as property in divorce. Although you consider your pets as family members, you should not rely on the courts to be as considerate when determining custody and visitation. It is up to you and your spouse to plan your divorce with them in mind. 

Pet visitation schedules are becoming more popular with separating couples. These enable people to maintain their relationships with their pets and minimize the effects of their divorce on the animals. Pet visitation clauses also establish custodial and financial responsibilities for each party in a divorce so the pets can continue to enjoy the quality of life they are accustomed to. 

Incorporating mediation into divorce proceedings

If you plan to file for divorce in Atlanta, Georgia, there is a high chance your judge will refer your case for mediation at some point. You may also participate in no-cost mediation at the time of scheduled status conferences. Parties may also request mediation on their own without waiting for a referral.

Mediating some or all of the contested issues in your divorce can offer several benefits. However, mediation may not always be the best option. Your attorney can tell you more about whether mediation would benefit you based on the specific circumstances of your case.

What divorcing couples need to know about child custody

When parents with children contemplate divorce, child custody is the top issue that needs to be settled. Knowing how Georgia law deals with custody can help parents come up with a viable plan and be aware of potential problems.

Establishing paternity in Georgia

If you believe you have fathered a child in Georgia, but you or the child's mother are not completely sure the child is biologically yours, you may want to establish paternity to ensure you have certain legal rights to the child. Conversely, if paternity is yet to be established, you may find yourself forced to submit to testing if you are involved in a child support case.

Divorce and Social Security: What you need to know

If you are prepping for divorce, your mind may be pulled in a million different directions. You may be wondering how you will support yourself and how your children may be affected by the transition, and you may also be curious about how any Social Security benefits you may be entitled to could be affected. Your Social Security benefits play an important role in your retirement, so it is essential that anyone going through a divorce understand what the change in marital status may mean as far as repercussions.

Planning ahead during a same-sex divorce

Divorce is not easy for any couple. Marriage is supposed to be a lifelong commitment, and regardless of whether a divorce was your idea or your partner's, ending something you expected to be lifelong is sure to stir up strong emotions and inevitable challenges. Nowadays, many same-sex couples face additional challenges that many male-female couples looking to divorce do not. This is largely because there is very little precedent for same-sex divorce cases in states such as Georgia, where this type of marriage only became legal relatively recently. Inconsistent laws and a lack of prior cases to look back on means many same-sex couples find themselves tied up in lengthy legal battles, which can impact many areas of their lives.

Why same-sex couples should have a prenuptial agreement

They may not be especially romantic, but prenuptial agreements are becoming increasingly common in American society, and for good reason. While these legally binding agreements can benefit all couples if they divorce by simplifying the process and minimizing infighting, they may be of particular benefit to you if you are part of a same-sex couple, and here is why.

Helping children deal with two homes

If you are going through a divorce or considering a trial separation, you are probably worrying about how the transition may affect your children. While changes within the family unit can indeed prove difficult for your children, there are several steps you and your partner or ex-partner can make to help ease the transition and minimize the impact it has on the them. If your child must split time between two homes, the following list of ideas can soften the blow and ultimately help make both locations feel like home.

Why unmarried fathers should establish legitimation

Fathers who have children out of wedlock may assume that they have the right to be involved in their child's life. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Unmarried mothers automatically have parental rights. However, men who father children out of wedlock do not have a legal right to see their child unless they go through a legal process known as legitimation.

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