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Co-parenting and divorce

Parents in Georgia who are divorced or in the process of getting a divorce and who are in a co-parenting relationship should take care to not involve their children in the divorce. The children may already have a sense that they are stuck in the middle of two parties in conflict, which can encourage them to assume responsibilities that they are too young to assume and that can stunt their emotional and mental development. To avoid this, parents should refrain from using their children as tools of communication with the other parent. The children should also be allowed to speak freely about the other household and their experiences.

Child custody decisions and the best interests of the child

When parents in Georgia go through a divorce, they must negotiate child custody and visitation. If they are unable to reach an agreement, the next step might be going to court. The standard used by a judge to make a decision about child custody is the best interests of the child.

Living conditions in Georgia can interfere with child custody

Each case is different, but when judges in the U.S. must make decisions regarding child custody and visitation disputes, they will often take into account a parent's living conditions. Children have certain essential rights, which need to be respected and attended to no matter who has custody or visitation rights.

The advantages of parallel parenting in high-conflict divorces

Divorcing Georgia couples may wonder how they can create a healthy environment for their children if they are unable to get along. A strong co-parenting relationship is the ideal situation, but this is not always possible. In some cases, parents simply have too much conflict to communicate and cooperate in the way that is necessary to successfully raise their kids together.

How some fathers may struggle over child custody, support

When fathers in Georgia get a divorce or are not married to the mother of their children, they may face problems with custody and visitation. Courts are supposed to give equal consideration to mothers and fathers, but although mothers may also struggle in family court sometimes, they also make up over 80 percent of custodial parents.

Co-parents should focus on their children

Georgia parents who have gone through a divorce may find it stressful to raise their children together. However, it is important that they recognize that the children have no say in how their parents choose to raise them. Therefore, it is important that the adults make decisions that are in the best interest of the children. This means that both parents should have a relationship with their offspring.

Navigating divorce can be tricky for blended families

With high divorce rates, blended families are a reality. Second marriages, particularly those that involve children from a prior relationship, have an even higher rate of divorce. Some outlets report that the rate of failed marriages the second time around is 60 percent or higher. 

Documentary looks at child support, African-American fathers

Some Georgia fathers may fall behind on child support because of a low income and a lack of understanding about how to navigate the system. A study by the Urban Institute found that more than two-thirds of child support debt is owed by fathers who have no reported income or whose annual income is under $10,000.

Unmarried? You may not legally be your child's father.

Having children may be one of the truest blessings the world can offer a couple in love. In today's society, however, couples are choosing cohabitation over marriage more than ever. If you're part of a cohabitating couple, keep in mind that this may create some unique wrinkles if you decide to have children.

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