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Contested divorce can descend into battle of personal attacks

Modern no-fault divorce statutes have replaced the practice of having to show the other party's wrongdoing. Today, there is little advantage in a divorce in Georgia or other jurisdictions of using the tactic of dragging the other spouse through the marriage's murky waters. It is true that fault still factors into an alimony or spousal support award  -- but it is just one of about a dozen factors that are considered. It can be relevant in a custody battle, but must be offered in an objective and measured format that is not clearly personal, unsupported, or emotionally charged.

Billionaire's divorce is turning an acrimonious corner

Whether litigated in Georgia or another state, a high net worth divorce can sometimes turn ugly. Actually, the level of cooperation or rancor in a divorce is not proportionate to the amount of assets involved, a fact attested to historically by the tens of thousands of routinely bitter divorce battles undertaken by people of modest means. One divorce involving a billionaire, however, does seem to be getting a bit nasty as it moves forward.

Georgia parents may need help with child custody decisions

Many Georgia residents know that divorce can be difficult for children of the couple. As a result, parents may want to make the transition as easy as possible for their children. This desire may mean coming to terms amicably about child custody to ensure that a battle does not ensue. Individuals who wish to follow such a path may have many options available to them.

Joint or shared child custody shows best results for children

According to the founder of the National Parents Organization, several recent studies by separate, independent experts conclude across the board that children reared by only one parent after a divorce or separation do much more poorly than children who are brought up in a shared or joint custody arrangement. The superiority of a shared child custody setup applies in Georgia as well as elsewhere. It is clear that most children benefit greatly from having the love, guidance, and companionship of each parent on an equal basis. Nonetheless, family courts nationwide overwhelmingly award sole custody in one parent. 

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