The Dangers of Social Media with Co-Parenting
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by Margaret Bryant
3d ago
Social media, while offering numerous benefits, can also pose significant risks, especially in co-parenting situations. One common pitfall is oversharing, where parents may vent frustrations or share details about their co-parenting challenges publicly. This can lead to heightened emotions and conflicts, often exacerbated by the ease with which information can be shared and preserved online. There should be no debate. While social media has some proven benefits, it also opens the door to many negative scenarios.  While social media allows parents to share their updates of time spent with ..read more
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Parents may share legal custody in addition to parenting time
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by rajayogan.s@thomsonreuters.com
3d ago
Spouses who are preparing for divorce in Georgia may have minor children still living at home. These couples do not just need to address economic matters when they divorce but must also handle child custody issues as well. The main priority for many adults during litigated custody proceedings is a desire to secure as much parenting time as possible. They want to see the children regularly, spend holidays together and protect the relationship they have developed. Georgia refers to that as physical custody. The parent with physical custody at a certain time must do their best to meet the needs o ..read more
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Recognizing and Addressing Parental Alienation
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by ashleyrobinson
3d ago
Divorce is often a challenging and emotionally taxing experience. In some cases, individuals may become distraught, angry, or even vengeful towards their former spouses. Unfortunately, this emotional turmoil can sometimes lead to a harmful behavior known as parental alienation. Parental alienation refers to a situation where one parent psychologically manipulates a child to distance them from the other parent, often during or after a divorce. It’s a harmful behavior that can have long-term effects on the child’s relationship with the alienated parent and their own psychological well-being. It ..read more
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Should I File First for Divorce?
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by Cara Schlosser
2w ago
Deciding to end a marriage is never an easy decision. It’s often accompanied by a whirlwind of emotions, questions, and uncertainties about the future. One of the initial questions you might find yourself asking is: “Should I file first for divorce?” This question is particularly common and can influence how you approach the entire process. Always remember that you need to have clarity and a support system as you navigate these challenging waters. Is it Better to File For Divorce First in Georgia? In Georgia, as in many states, there are certain advantages to filing for divorce first. While it ..read more
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Parallel Parenting to Help Lower Conflict
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by Cara Schlosser
2w ago
Dealing with the aftermath of a divorce can be challenging, especially when children are involved. For parents entrenched in high-conflict situations, the conventional wisdom surrounding co-parenting might seem like an unattainable situation. This is where parallel parenting enters the picture as a viable alternative, offering a pathway for both parents to remain actively involved in their children’s lives while minimizing conflict. Let’s explore what parallel parenting entails, its rules, how it differs from coparenting, and strategies for successful implementation. What is Parallel Parenting ..read more
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Divorce: A Personal Packing List
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by Margaret Bryant
3w ago
Divorce is often characterized as one of life’s most stressful events, and for good reason. It’s a time of profound change, upheaval, and uncertainty, during which individuals may experience a wide range of emotions, from sadness and anger to anxiety and fear. In addition to the practical and legal considerations of divorce, it’s essential to recognize and prioritize mental health throughout the process. Divorce represents the end of a significant chapter in one’s life, and the emotional repercussions can be profound. Individuals may experience a range of emotions, including: 1. Grief and Loss ..read more
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Your Case Is Local, Until It Isn’t
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by Margaret Bryant
3w ago
When going through a family law case involving children, whether it is divorce or a modification of custody action, the focus is often on who is going to have primary custody (if anyone) rather than where that legal relationship with the children is going to be. There may be no apparent immediate need to have an answer to where a child is going to be, everyone is staying put or someone may be moving but you know to where and when, it is already taken care of. But life has a funny way of changing and when it does your family and the plans you thought you had are just as mercurial. In an article ..read more
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The Art of the Emergency Hearing
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by Margaret Bryant
1M ago
Going through divorce is hard enough.  Facing a custody battle with your soon to be ex can be excruciating.  Losing a loved one in the face of having children or grandchildren who need your help, your care, all of this is new territory, something unfamiliar and scary.  Now, add an additional unknown, the legal system. The first step in tackling that additional unknown, that scary legal system, is contacting a lawyer.  You should take the time to sit down and have a strategy session with someone who understands how to navigate that unknown.  How to guide you through it ..read more
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When It Lingers, It Festers
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by Margaret Bryant
1M ago
When it lingers, it festers. And, my life, it is festering; it is uncertain in its transformation of a rancid variety. It is less than ideal. The wounds opened in divorce were not healing. Seventy-four days have passed since that day, a day I realized was more wound inflicting than the day he left our family and filed for divorce. Seventy-four days ago, I relived the mistakes in my marriage, the embarrassment, the hard conversations, and the betrayals – from a witness stand. It wasn’t so much a re-enactment of the worst parts of my relationship as it was a scrapbook of those hard moments, past ..read more
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Hidden assets: Is your spouse trying to fool the court?
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by ashleyrobinson
1M ago
When you decided to file for divorce, you didn’t want the situation to turn into a long, drawn-out courtroom battle. You really just wanted to devise a fair settlement plan and sign a co-parenting agreement that keeps your children’s best interests in mind. Your ultimate goal was to amicably resolve your differences, leave the past behind and move on to help your kids adapt to a new lifestyle. In a perfect world, that’s how all Georgia divorces would unfold. In reality, however, it’s often not so, especially if one of the spouses involved is angry or trying to get revenge against the other.&nb ..read more
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