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What are the steps in the basic adoption process in Georgia?

About a month ago, we briefly discussed why legal adoption exists and who is eligible to be an adoptive parent in Georgia. At that time, it was noted that those foundational eligibility requirements were only the very first hurdle that had to be cleared in order to adopt a minor child. In this post, we will go over an outline of the steps necessary for a parent or parents to adopt a child through the state's Division of Children and Family Services.

What is 'separate maintenance' in Georgia?

A few weeks ago, we discussed the fact that civil marriage, under most U.S. jurisdictions, is a legal contract between two parties. When discussing the issue of divorce in Georgia, or anywhere else for that matter, a question sometimes arises regarding some basic legal concepts. For example, often people want to know whether there is a state of separation of spouses that is not quite a dissolution of the marital contract, but still recognizes the parties are no longer living as a married couple. Some people refer to this as legal separation, having heard that term before. So, is there such a thing in Georgia?

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Georgia

It has been 25 years since the federal Violence Against Women Act was introduced in the U.S. Congress. It was, at the time, a controversial piece of legislation, and it took four years after introduction before President Bill Clinton signed it into law. The law is intended to help provide resources to victims of domestic violence, and in its nearly quarter-century of existence it has helped to raise awareness of the potential costs of violence within familial and domestic relationships.

The difference between 'sole' and 'joint' custody

Custody of children during a divorce or separation of unmarried partners can be one of the most contentious issues to resolve. Because most people want to have as much access and responsibility for their children as possible, many times they are willing to fight tooth and nail about it. But, for what, exactly, are they fighting? Georgia residents may have heard the terms 'sole' and 'joint' custody before, perhaps due to the many well-publicized celebrity splits. But, what do the terms mean?

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