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What can one expect in a Georgia divorce?

We've discussed many generalities of the Georgia family law system in past posts. There is a reason for that: short blogs like this are not ideal forums for getting into complicated details and we are not giving legal advice. However, divorcing individuals should at least have an idea of what happens in some Georgia divorces so that they are better prepared for the process.

Domestic abuse in Georgia isn't always physical

When residents of Georgia consider domestic violence, it is likely the first thing that comes to mind is the use of physical abuse against a partner. While this is, unfortunately, not rare in the United States, there is another form of abuse that may be even more common: emotional abuse. People who are in relationships that don't seem "quite right" owe it to themselves to understand the basic components of emotional abuse and how to recognize it.

Can a Georgia parent 'kidnap' his or her own child?

This blog has discussed several of the legal mechanics of child custody and how the legal system tends to determine with whom the child lives and who get to make major decisions in a child's life. While courts attempt to be fair to parents within the strictures of their ambit to effect a situation that is in the best interests of the child, unfortunately not every party is always happy with the outcome of such cases. Georgia newspapers often carry stories of parents who have "kidnapped" their own child and taken him or her somewhere away from the proper legal custodian. But can a person be held criminally liable for doing something like this?

What are parties prohibited from doing in Georgia family law?

Family law cases in Georgia are, by their very nature, emotionally charged and divisive. When human beings are involved in actions to determine the fate of their children, their property or other aspects of their lives that have been important to them, things can become confrontational. For this reason, many courts in the state have standing rules that apply to all parties in domestic relations cases.

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