Divorce -- it is hard on Georgia families and their finances. Just because that is so does not mean that certain financial goals are totally out of reach. For example, helping children pay for college may still be possible by extending child support obligations or requiring that a certain percentage of child support funds be placed in a 529 or other college savings account.
Splitting up is hard to do. It is even harder if a couple has children to consider. Coming to child custody terms can prove difficult. While many divorcing parents in Georgia and elsewhere are turning to joint custody arrangements for the good of the children, making them work is not always a piece of cake.
Seeking financial support for one's child should be easy, right? When having a child with another person, whether that individual was a spouse or just a significant other for a time, one expects that person to step up and at least provide something. Achieving a child support order and enforcing it can be challenging for some Georgia residents. It can be even harder if the other parent resides in a different country.
Numerous Georgia residents end their marriages or relationships every year. Many of them have children to consider and are not quite sure the best way to handle the child custody issue. For some, sole custody is the way to go, but how does one achieve this type of arrangement?
When separating with one's significant other or going through a divorce, figuring out the best situation for the children can be a bit daunting. It is not always easy for parents to remain objective during such a trying time. At the end of the day, according to Georgia child custody laws, the final custody arrangement has to be one that is deemed to best serve the affected child or children's interests.
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.