A Father’s Rights to the Unborn Child

by Ryan P. Proctor

In Georgia, there is no presumption that custody should go to the mother or father. Both parents are equal in the eyes of the law. If the biological mother is married, the law presumes that her husband is the father of the child. However, if the father is not the mother’s husband, he should take immediate steps to establish paternity in order to ensure that his legal rights to the unborn child are protected.

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When and How to Petition for Temporary or Emergency Custody of a Child

by Tracy Crider

When it comes to providing for the care and support of children, you want to be sure they are in capable hands. When child custody disputes or emergencies arise, you may need to take quick action to ensure they are protected. Temporary and emergency child custody hearings provide you a way to legally petition the court to protect the child’s or children’s best interests. These hearings can produce a court order which defines the custody rights of the parties during the pendency of a legal action involving custody.

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Back Child Support Laws & Child Support Arrears Forgiveness

by Ryan P Post

Child support payments are usually awarded to the custodial parent of a minor child to help with expenses associated with raising that child. Georgia law uses a child support calculation formula that takes the income and debt of both parents into account. The court-ordered child support amount is intended to equal the minimum amount the noncustodial parent would pay to support the child if they still resided in the child’s household.  Unfortunately, it is not unusual for noncustodial parents to fall behind in their child support obligations. When this happens, they may find their life impacted by back child support laws and the unavailability of a child support arrears forgiveness program.

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