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Make sure your parenting plan makes sense for the future

Divorce can be a difficult and emotionally challenging process. It can be tempting during this process to allow your temporary feelings to dictate the choices you make, but this is not the best way to reach a final agreement that will make sense long-term. This is especially true for your child custody and visitation plans.

Georgia parents who are facing divorce know that their decisions will impact their children long-term. This is why you may consider crafting your own parenting plan and creating a post-divorce future that will make the most sense for your family. If you choose to make your own custody plans outside of the courtroom, it is helpful to keep your focus on the best interests and pressing needs of your children above all else.

Your family may appreciate your advance health care directive

You probably make health care decisions every day. If you have an ache or pain, you may take an aspirin. If you suffer from heart disease or diabetes, you may take prescriptions to maintain your health. Your food choices, activity level and moderation in all things are all decisions you make for your good health.

However, have you considered the kinds of medical intervention you expect if your health takes a turn for the worse? Do you have opinions about the treatments you would like doctors to administer or the point in an illness when you want no further medical intervention? While you may have thought about these matters, chances are you have not discussed them with your family. Unfortunately, it may be those family members who will be making those decisions for you.

Having difficulty deciding whether divorce is right for you?

When you got married, you made a major decision to move forward in life with your spouse. At the time, saying "I do" may have seemed like the easiest decision you ever made because you loved your spouse and envisioned a happy life together. Unfortunately, that vision did not come true.

You may have felt happy and fulfilled for a time, but you later began to feel as if something was missing from your relationship or as if your spouse no longer cared about you. As a result, those feelings led to thoughts of divorce. You may have felt shocked at yourself when the thought first entered your mind, but now, you are considering it more seriously.

What does paying child support mean for you?

Getting a divorce may have been one of the most difficult events in your life. Though you may have agreed that ending the marriage was the best option due to the unhappiness of the relationship, the fact that you would have to spend less time with your kids was likely gut-wrenching.

You may have thought that a joint custody arrangement would be the outcome, and you likely felt shocked when the court awarded the other parent sole physical custody. Now, you must adhere to a visitation schedule, and in addition to the custody order, the court likely handed down a child support order as well.

Changes in the UCMJ could affect your military career

As a member of the United States Armed Forces, you are subject to the Uniform Military Code of Justice. On Jan. 1, the UCMJ received its first significant reforms in many years. The changes added some new criminal acts, lowered the blood alcohol level on military bases and expanded victims' rights.

You may want to better understand these changes in order to avoid inadvertently violating one of the UCMJ's articles. Anytime you face an accusation of a violation, it puts your career in jeopardy.

Differences between a DNR and advance directive for health care

There comes a day when we all must deal with our mortality. This is often difficult to do, but it’s important to have the wishes for the end of your life carried out. Your estate plan is a great way to ensure that those wishes are honored.

You may wonder if you need an advance directive for health care or do not resuscitate order (DNR) if you become incapacitated. However, it would be a mistake you use these terms interchangeably because they are different documents.

Explaining your Miranda Rights

Have you ever been questioned by the police, read your rights and not known what they meant or how to respond? The reading of your rights seems straightforward but there’s quite a bit that goes into it. For instance, if at any point during questioning, you wish to exercise your right to remain silent, the police must stop their questions. You can be arrested without first being read your rights because the police are only required to read the Miranda Warning if they plan to interrogate. If you’re questioned later, the investigator must read you your rights before questioning.

If public safety is in question, you can be interrogated without having your rights read to you and any evidence found can be used against you in court. If arrested, you would still have to answer general questions about your name, address, etc. Also, you can be searched, and any confession given before being read your Miranda Rights may be used as evidence in court.

Why opt for an uncontested divorce with your spouse?

When deciding to divorce, you and your spouse need to undoubtedly discuss the logistics. Aside from all the emotional trauma that typically accompanies marital dissolution, there are some key things to consider. The path out of marriage usually has two main options; contested or uncontested. What’s the difference? A lot.

Contested divorces are tug-a-war divorces. This may include child custody issues, child support/alimony amounts, division of assets, and more. The list of things to argue over are almost endless in contested divorces. They often cost more and last longer in court than any other type of divorce. Why opt for an uncontested divorce?

What questions should your estate plan answer?

Figuring out how to even start your estate plan can be difficult. You probably have a lot of questions. Funnily enough, having questions might be the best way to begin creating your plan.

Fundamentally, your estate plan is a comprehensive set of answers to some serious questions. An estate plan should answer all the questions you and your family have about your future and what will happen to you, your estate and belongings.

How does Georgia determine child custody?

Child custody agreements are one of the most difficult aspects of a divorce. Weekends, school breaks and holidays are usually important dates for families, and you must suddenly share them. Just because two people no longer desire to remain together doesn’t mean they don’t want to be in their child’s life.

According to a 2018 study, Georgia fathers receive the fifth-least amount of custody time among the 50 states. Only Illinois, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee ranked lower. This is a sad reality for many Georgia families. It’s unclear from the law alone why Georgia fathers don’t receive more parenting time.

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