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Agreement Modifications

Take the Fight out of Shared Custody This Summer

After a long school year, summer vacation is finally here! We can’t help but feel our kids’ excitement. For us parents, though, summer vacation means work, schedule changes and increased childcare. For divorced parents, that can require extra cooperation and flexibility from all parties. Sharing custody is never easy, but during the summer months, there…

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Can I Retroactively Modify My Alimony Award?

When alimony is ordered as part of a Georgia divorce, it is not unusual for one ex-spouse to request that the court modify their alimony order at some point in time following the divorce. This request for modification typically results from a significant change in the financial circumstances or income of one or both ex-spouses,…

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What is an Income Deduction Order? Is It Different Than an Income Withholding Order?

Both income deduction orders and income withholding orders are designed to require employers to directly withhold child support and/or alimony payments from a person’s paycheck. Georgia law requires that wage withholding be implemented in family law proceedings involving child or spousal support, unless the court determines that there is good cause not to require such…

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What Do I Do if My Ex Won’t Let Me See My Child?

All too often, a custodial parent refuses to let a child go with the other parent for visitation. This situation can arise for a variety of reasons. For instance, the custodial parent may believe that allowing the child to go for visitation is not in the child’s best interests. The custodial parent may be angry…

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The Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act

The Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act (PKPA) is a federal law that was passed in order to ensure consistency in interstate custody disputes. It also was designed to prevent parents from kidnapping their own children and taking them to other states for the purposes of obtaining a more favorable custody determination. More specifically, the PKPA establishes…

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Can You Modify Child Support by Agreement?

When a court issues a child support order, it is final. The parties must follow the original order until the court issues a new order to replace the original order. This is the case even if the parties have agreed to change the terms of the original child support order. While a court is likely…

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MODIFYING CHILD CUSTODY IN THE IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA

A Georgia parent trying to modify a prior child custody order must demonstrate a change of circumstances and not just that the prior court order was a mistake The fact that a prior custody order is not in the children’s best interest, or was a mistake, or was obtained in an unfair manner, or any…

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What Happens when a Child makes a Custody Election in Georgia?

Georgia’s new child custody law gives both more and less power to children aged 14 years old and older to modify their custody. A few years ago the State of Georgia re-wrote their child custody laws. One surprising aspect of this re-write was that the new law made the custody election, or choice of parent,…

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Child Support Modification – Involuntary Loss of a Job

It use to be, to put it bluntly, if you lost your job and your income declined, you were, not to sugar coat it, screwed in Georgia.  This is because by the time the court actually got around to hearing your case 6-9 months will have passed and Georgia courts had absolutely no power or…

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Child Support Modification for Involuntary Loss of Job

It use to be, to put it bluntly, if you lost your job and your income declined, you were, not to sugar coat it, screwed in Georgia.  This is because by the time the court actually got around to hearing your case 6 to 9 months will have passed and Georgia courts had absolutely no…

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