Paternity Test Required

The topic of child support has long been a controversial one throughout the state of Georgia. During the past decade, changes have been made to the law in an effort to make rules more transparent and fair to both parents. However, there are still problems, especially when paternity is an issue. Horror stories involving non-biological parents being severely punished for failing to pay child support even though the child in question was not theirs helped influence changes to how paternity affects child support. If you believe that you and the other parent of your child may soon confront child support issues, it is important to know whether or not a paternity test is required for child support in Georgia.

In March of 2018, TLC’s latest documentary series on polygamy, Three Wives, One Husband, premiered. The show explores what it is like to live in a community that is home to multiple families openly practicing polygamy. While this series does not discuss much about the legalities of polygamy, TLC’s long-running series, Sister Wives, led to litigation challenging existing laws regarding cohabitation aimed at polygamist groups. As shows that explore this alternative marriage choice grow in popularity, some local couples are interested in learning whether Georgia marriage laws permit polygamy or bigamy.

Brothers and sisters often act as our first best friends, and many of us stay close to them through the years. Even in cases where siblings live out of state or contact with one another is more infrequent, a strong bond often exists. Estate planning allows for you to provide for the needs of these loved ones in the event of your passing. By creating a last will and testament, you can name siblings as beneficiaries, outlining any assets or property you want them to receive. Without a legally valid will or other estate planning documents, such as a trust, in place, siblings have limited inheritance rights in Georgia probate proceedings.

Breaking bridge

What are your goals in seeking a divorce? What are your reservations about going through the process? Depending on your answers to these questions, it may be worth considering what is known as a “legal separation” through a petition for separate maintenance. (Note: Georgia does not use the term legal separation in the law literature. For simplicity's sake, we use it here. This blog is not meant to be a legal thesis but rather a helpful tool for the layperson trying to understand their options.)