Having children means having the responsibility to financially provide for them. The ending of a relationship does not change that. Parents in Georgia who are ordered to pay child support can either pay now according to the terms of their support orders, or they can really pay later -- in more ways than one.
When going through the divorce process, it is impossible to predict how your life will change in the future. You do your best to come up a child custody agreement you believe will work long-term, but in the end you may find that it is necessary to change it. Staying in one place for one's whole life seems almost impossible anymore. The need to relocate -- either within the state of Georgia or outside its borders -- occurs more often than not and when it does it will affect you, your children and your ex.
When divorce or separation occurs, there can be a lot of questions throughout the process regarding how things will work in the long run -- especially when children are involved. For example, Georgia parents may have a lot of questions about child support. This week, this column will answer a few common questions about this particular topic.
You have been divorced for a while and are finally in a good place. Your child custody arrangements are working out, and everyone is happy -- so you thought. Then, out of the blue, your ex wants to change things up and files for a custody modification in a Georgia family court that will really hurt your time with your kids. What can you do?
Numerous Americans work freelance jobs. Some do it for the freedom it offers them. Others do it for extra cash. Regardless of why they work this kind of job, any income earned counts toward any child support obligation they may have. In Georgia and most other states, it is up to freelancers to report their own income to the state, but this is something that many are not doing.
Does being smart on paper make someone a good parent? Should someone with intellectual disabilities be denied the right to be a parent? These are questions many parents across the country are asking since having their children taken away from them. What does one's IQ have to do with parenting and child custody, and what can parents in Georgia do if it becomes an issue for them?
Sometimes, when sharing custody of children with an ex-spouse, there are some issues on which both parents may not agree. It happens. Some arguments can be avoided, though, by making sure that the child custody agreement is very detailed. For example, Georgia parents who have certain wishes for medical treatments may include those in the plan in an effort to prevent problems down the line.