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Child Custody

What Does a Guardian Ad Litem Do?

In a contested custody or divorce case, a court can appoint a Guardian ad Litem. A Guardian Ad Litem is an attorney appointed to represent the best interests of the child. They investigate and make recommendations to the court about what type of custody and parenting time plan would be best for the children involved. A…

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Is a Split Custody Plan Best for My Child?

In a traditional Georgia divorce or paternity case, one parent receives custody of the child, and the other parent receives visitation or parenting time. These days, however, more and more parents are seeking more equal access to their children through a non-traditional split custody plan.  In this type of parenting plan, each parent has primary…

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What NOT to Do During a Georgia Custody Case

While all Georgia child custody cases are different, there are some common tips that everyone should follow when involved in a child custody proceeding. In fact, avoiding the following actions and situations can be essential to winning your case: DON’T start a new relationship – or get pregnant. Try to resolve your divorce before you…

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Shared Parenting Arrangements in a Georgia Divorce

While it is not the norm in the state of Georgia, true shared parenting agreements are possible where parents are able to work together effectively in order to share their children. There are two different types of custody – legal and physical. Legal custody refers to the authority and ability of parents to make important…

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Can Facebook Postings Be Used as Evidence in a Georgia Family Law Case?

Facebook, as well as other social media sites, can be a gold mine of information for divorce litigants in their attorneys. The reality is that people – and their significant others – tend to overshare on Facebook and similar sites, which gives information to the general public that will only hurt your child custody case.…

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Claiming Children on Taxes During and Following a Divorce

When parents of a child divorce or separate, disputes may arise about which parent is entitled to claim the child as a dependency exemption on his or her federal income tax returns. The general rule for federal income taxes purposes, pursuant to 26 U.S.C.A § 152(e), is that the custodial parent, or the parent who…

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What is the Difference Between Sole Custody and Joint Custody?

Under Georgia law, sole custody is often awarded to one parent in a divorce or legitimation proceeding. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the noncustodial parent has no rights to the child; he or she will have visitation with the child as agreed by the parties or as ordered by the court, and still is responsible…

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What is Joint Custody in the State of Georgia?

UNDER THE LAW JOINT CUSTODY REFERS TO TWO VERY DIFFERENT THINGS AND IT DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN “EQUAL” CUSTODY There are two kinds of custody of children in the State of Georgia, they are “legal” custody and “physical” custody. Legal custody is the power to make major decisions for a child related to the child’s…

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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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