If you and your spouse are considering divorce, it is only natural that you might want to reach out to your friends and family for advice and guidance. Unfortunately, that may not be the best course of action.
- Mom always gets the kids: While it is true that many cases result in the mother as the custodial parent and the father paying child support, that is not always the case. In the past, the courts were concerned about separating children from their mothers due to an outdated idea that doing so would cause developmental issues for the children, but today, the court grants custody based on what is in the best interest of the child. Courts are increasingly awarding joint custody or primary custody to the father.
- You can deny one spouse a divorce: Today, family courts recognize no-fault divorce, which means one spouse cannot trap the other in a marriage. It is possible for your husband or wife to prolong the divorce proceedings in the hopes that you might change your mind, but ultimately these tactics will end in divorce.
- Your children can decide who they live with: If your kids are young, a judge does not let them decide where they want to live. Physical custody is determined based on evidence provided by both parents. A judge will review this evidence and make his or her decision based off what they believe is in the best interests of the child.
- You can deny visitation if child support isn’t paid: Parents who attempt to use their children as collateral for child support payments are viewed negatively in the eyes of the court. Child visitation cannot be denied if child support goes unpaid. The state is responsible for collecting and penalizing a parent for unpaid child support.
If you are in need of a compassionate Alpharetta divorce lawyer who is dedicated to providing the support you need, the legal team at The Millard Law Firm can help you get started today.
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