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A new divorce approach is now being made available called collaborative divorce law. Five years ago the divorce law was brought to Georgia, and now there are over 100 collaborative divorce lawyers throughout the state that have completed the training. The collaborative divorce law methods are intended to reduce the amount of negative emotion and hostility experienced throughout and after a divorce, especially with children.
Statistics show that children from divorced homes are at a higher risk for violence, depression, substance abuse, and poor academic performance. Five years after a divorce, one in three children reported being amidst bitter battling parents according to a 2001 study. In addition, half of the women in the same study and one third of the men were shown to be intensely angry with the former spouses a decade after the divorce.
The collaborative divorce law approach works by having the divorcing parents and their attorneys meet in person and uses resources like child specialists and therapists, in addition to providing financial records. Collaborative divorce laws are more of a negotiation instead of battling in court. While the divorce law is not for everyone, government and private programs are trying to create more efforts to better eliminate the difficult results of divorces.
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Child custody rights may be shared by both parents or, primary child custody rights may be awarded to one parent or legal guardian. Since the 1970s the family court will award child custody rights contingent with the best interests of the child.
Child custody for fathers following a divorce is one of the most important aspects of a dissolving marriage. Throughout history the legal presumptions about child custody for fathers has changed significantly. Before the twentieth century children were regarded as the property of their father. Under common law, child custody for fathers was commonly awarded, as children were considered a father's rightful property. A major shift occurred after this period in history, as family courts came to favor mothers in child custody cases. It was presumed that under normal circumstances, children did better when placed in the sole custody of their mothers.