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Can a change of income bring a change of child support?

When you got divorced, the Georgia court awarded your ex -- the custodial parent -- what you thought was a fair amount of child support each month. You had a job that paid well, and you wanted your kids to be able to live the same type of life they did when you were a family.

That was three years ago. A lot can change in three years.

13 Simple ways to brighten your mood during divorce

The challenges of divorce are oftentimes physically, emotionally and financially draining. If you’re feeling exhausted by these woes, it’s important to take time out of your day to lift your spirits.

Try any one of these 13 easy ways to take your mind off of the divorce and feel a little bit better.

Georgia woman killed in crash at stop light by drunk driver

An 18-year-old woman making a trip home to Georgia to celebrate her mother's birthday was recently killed when an alleged drunk driver crashed his car into hers.

The young woman, a freshman at Alabama State University, was stopped at a red light not far from her family's home near Stonecrest Mall in Lithonia, Georgia. As she waited for the light to change, a car driven by a 57-year-old man came upon the stoplight traveling at 70 miles per hour and rear-ended the victim, according to police.

Legal proceedings and financial burden follow Georgia DUI charges

A few drinks out with friends can turn into months of legal proceedings and heavy financial costs. That's what you have waiting for you if you are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving in Georgia – or just about anywhere in the United States, for that matter.

The legal odyssey that can endure from a DUI arrest is long and complex. While the exact path depends on the case, here, in general, is what you have waiting for you if you are arrested on DUI charges.

  • You'll be arrested and booked. You'll be taken to the nearest police station and photographed and fingerprinted.
  • You'll need to appear in court. When you're arrested, you'll receive a summons that lists a court date. For some people, this is a very embarrassing experience.
  • If you are convicted of DUI in Georgia, you will lose your driving privileges for up to a year.
  • On your first offense, you could pay a fine of up to $1,000.
  • Even on your first offense, you could spend up to a year in jail, followed by probation.
  • You likely will have to attend, and pay for, an alcohol and drug education program before you can have your driving privileges reinstated.
  • A judge could order an evaluation of your level of alcohol usage and abuse.
  • Your auto insurance premiums will rise for a number of years.

Grounds for divorce in Georgia: Filing fault or no-fault divorce

After years of marriage, you and your spouse no longer can salvage your relationship. Due to various relationship problems, you determine that you should file divorce. You believe your children, your health and your spouse's well-being will all benefit from separation.

Georgia DUI penalties are tough -- and get tougher

You're driving along the road, heading home after a night out with friends, and you see the red lights in the mirror.

Uh-oh. You've been pulled over, suspected of drunk driving. Your trip through the legal system is just beginning, and it starts by learning two separate, but equally serious, terms: DUI and DUI per se.

Child support guidelines in Georgia

Divorce includes many decisions. And when parents decide to part ways, they need to consider the financial wellbeing of the child. In other words, parents need to address the often difficult topic of child support. For some divorcing parents, this is an easy family law matter to tackle; however, others cringe at the idea of being required to pay weekly or monthly payments to an ex to provide for his or her child. At the end of the day, child support is designed to provide financial support for a child, which is based on the incomes of the parent and any custody arrangement in place.

In the state of Georgia, when child support is requested, guidelines are used to determine the amount a noncustodial parent is required to pay on a weekly or monthly basis. The state of Georgia requires that a child receives adequate support and even asserts that a parent cannot waive the right to receive child support because it is the right of the child to obtain this financial support.

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