Defending Child Support

It may seem incredible, but around Atlanta these days, I hear more and more often people who denigrate the very concept of child support. This argument seems to go as follows: child support is often misused. Instead of going to the child or children, the parent uses it for themselves. They either buy drugs or else they use it to avoid working. Therefore, we should eliminate child support altogether so that no one has an excuse not to work, and children have fewer parents on drugs.

I really think this misconception is important to correct because child support does so much good for parents and children. There may be room to improve the system, but it’s a system we need to maintain for many reasons, a few of which I’ve put down here.

It really does go to the kids. First of all, almost all child support money does go to the kids. Whether it’s paying for food, the house over their heads, clothes, or school activities, most parents receiving child support are conscientious and use the money the way it should be used. Those that take advantage of the system are few and far between.

It can make all the difference. Child support comes in all sorts of situations. Sometimes, it is there just so both households can maintain a certain level of comfort for the children. In other words, it might not be possible for them to go between homes in the same expensive town without child support going from one parent to the other. Other times, it’s there so one parent can continue to put their career second and take care of the kids. Particularly when kids are young, someone often has to either work part-time or not work at all in order to take proper care of them. Even if this isn’t the case, the cost of childcare is very high, and it can take a huge chunk out of any but the biggest paychecks.

There are also cases where child support really does allow the kids to eat meals every night or stay in a safe home.

In any of those cases, child care is a necessity. While it may seem more significant in certain families, anyone of those family arrangements mentioned above would be significantly worse without child support.

It’s the parent’s job. It’s better to think of child support not as money going to an ex-spouse, or as a means to allow an ex-spouse to be lazy, but as money that the children need when they aren’t with you. And that, really, is the whole job of a parent, to provide for what children need at all times. It may not be pleasant to hand money off to an ex-husband or ex-wife, but it really is making the lives of the children better.

Anyone who needs child support and either isn’t getting it or is afraid they won’t get it should contact an Atlanta child support lawyer as soon as possible. We need to stop making assumptions about these things and make sure parents are getting the money they need to do the best for their children.

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The Benefits of a Protective Order

Suffering through domestic abuse and then going through the process of getting out of an abusive relationship is undeniably draining. One way to ensure you’ve done everything within your power to end and abusive relationship is to have a protective order filed.

A protective order is a court document that serves two primary functions. First, it creates a record of your abuse at the hands of the specific person it is filed against. This record is recognized nationwide, meaning a protective order will be valid if you choose to move away. More importantly, a protective order will prohibit the person you file it against from communicating with you, being close by, threatening, or harming you. It can also force him or her to pay child or spousal support, if applicable.

While a protective order is a legal document that explicitly states a person should leave you alone, the individual it is filed against may not always honor it. If a person violates a protective order, he or she may face criminal charges, but that may not always be a enough of a deterrent. If you file a restraining order, be sure to stay vigilant, just in case your abuser chooses to break the terms of the document.

If you’re the victim of domestic abuse, a protective order may be able to help you protect yourself and your children from an abusive ex spouse or family member.

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Divorce Lawyers

Presently, about fifty percent of marriages in America end in divorce. Even though it has become commonplace to file for divorce, most people going through it can still be confused about its proceedings and how it works. If you or someone you know is going through a divorce, or planning to get one, it is advisable to consult divorce lawyers in order to understand how it works and how you can reach terms of settlement which will be agreeable to both parties.

There are generally two types of divorce, uncontested divorce and contested divorce. Uncontested divorce is the type where both spouses have agreed on almost all settlements such as alimony, child custody and support, division of property and debts, and any other issues which may arise. They both consent to getting a divorce and are willing to work together to settle anything regarding the dissolution of their marriage. For many, uncontested divorce is desirable because it allows them to avoid going to court and paying higher legal fees.

The other common type of divorce is contested divorce. As the name suggests, contested divorce occurs when one of the spouses does not agree to the divorce or they may not agree on certain aspects of their divorce settlement. Most of the time, contested divorce occurs because of disputes in divorce agreements, which is why it is best to have divorce lawyers present to give advice and legal counsel to avoid further complications and reach an agreeable settlement.

Because there are disagreements in certain aspects of the divorce, a contested divorce can take longer and cost more than an uncontested one. For this reason, it is particularly important that the parties engaged in contested divorce proceedings have appropriate legal representation in order to resolve their differences as quickly and equitably as possible.

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