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Child custody case should be free of social media influences

The technological revolution has spawned the advent of social media, which continues to spread into corners of our lives once held to be private and personal. Some experienced observers thus recommend that a person in a divorce or custody matter check one’s social media content to make sure that nothing questionable appears there. In Georgia or elsewhere, this may be helpful with respect to a child custody battle, where many casual expressions can be misconstrued.

Even after divorce, Georgia individuals can collect benefits

With the recent rise of gray divorce, which is apparently steadily growing in couples older than 50, retirement plans may be on some people’s minds. Georgia individuals may have based their later-in-life plans on funds or benefits that their spouse earned during the course of the marriage. Should that marriage ultimately end in divorce, they may still be eligible to receive some of those benefits.

Look for some common pitfalls in divorce negotiations

A recent article in Time by a distinguished divorce financial planner itemizes some common mistakes that people make during divorce negotiations. First, it is stressed that property division, whether it is undertaken in Georgia or another jurisdiction, is a once and done activity. Litigants in a divorce do not get a chance to go back and do it again or change what they already decided.

Best interests test is sometimes elusive in child custody cases

Whether in Georgia or another state, the best interests of the children is the critical mantra that governs ultimate outcomes in custody matters. Unfortunately, defining the term with precision is an elusive undertaking. It generally rises and falls on the circumstances of each case. Thus, it can be said that the best interests test in a child custody matter really often boils down to a fact-intensive search to determine which parent has more of the desire, sensitivities, experience and proven child-rearing capabilities to best care for the children under the circumstances.

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