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Georgia man assaults wife over divorce threat

A man in Georgia is accused of having assaulting his wife after she informed him that she wanted a divorce. On Dec. 18, a woman called in a domestic violence complaint after her husband allegedly threw her to the ground, held her down and threatened to burn her with cigarettes when she begged him to let her go.

Relocation concerns: child custody hearings and emotions

A divorced parent who is considering moving away from a non-custodial parent may face a difficult legal battle. In some cases, the non-custodial parent will be in agreement with a planned move, but one author points out that even these cases can be difficult for the child and parents. Prior to attempting a relocation, custodial parents in Georgia may want to consider possible outcomes and have an idea of what to expect.

Georgia prosecutor works to change choking laws

A case involving a Georgia man who received a misdemeanor battery sentence for choking his children's mother during a domestic disturbance has caused a local prosecutor and domestic violence groups to push to make this a felony under state law. This form of physical violence is currently categorized as a misdemeanor under Georgia law. Many states treat the act of choking another person as a more serious crime than does Georgia.

Preparation for a divorce

Divorce can be an emotional undertaking for Georgia couples. One way for a spouse going through this process to avoid being overwhelmed is to learn what the laws entail and what is to be expected. Assuming legal assistance is being considered, there are a few questions that a prospective client should ask the attorney during the initial meeting.

Paternity leave dispute

A journalist employed by Georgia-based CNN is fighting for paid paternity leave following the birth of his daughter. The division of Time Warner allows new biological mothers and both adoptive parents ten weeks of paid leave, while biological fathers are only offered two paid weeks. The journalist filed for ten weeks of paid leave, and after a long wait his request was denied. He has now gone public with this alleged case of inequality in fathers' rights.

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