A family can come in all shapes and sizes these days and many children are born outside of marriage. In these instances, legal procedures may be necessary to establish the paternity of the father of the child.
Historically, Georgian men have worked outside the home more often than women, and their wifes stayed home to raise their children. This has led to an inclination for men going through a divorce to be more hesitant to request or pursue spousal support than women.
By Nicholas Baker, Esq.
Recently, news outlets have been abuzz about the sentencing of Apollo Nida, known for his recent appearance on the television show, "Real Housewives of Atlanta." Reports are saying that Nida, whose wife Phaedra Parks is an attorney, got "an enormous break" by talking to investigators and giving up information about his criminal activities. TMZ. (2014 July 8). "Housewives' Star Apollo Nida: 8 Years In Prison Sentence Shortened For SNITCHING" Retrieved from http://www.tmz.com/2014/07/08/apollo-nida-sentencing-money-fraud-charges-guilty-plea-prison. The important takeaway from these news reports is not that defendants should quickly tell investigators or police everything they know in hopes of a more appealing outcome. The better takeaway, which is unstated in many articles, is that Nida was represented by an attorney who worked to help him receive a more lenient sentence, and criminal defendants would be wise to have counsel of their own.
Alimony awards are based on a variety of factors and needs couples entering the divorce process should understand beforehand. A 66-year old Georgia man was recently arrested for failure to pay alimony. The man is a former University System of Georgia regent and owned a Georgia newspaper. The man allegedly failed to pay nearly $200,000 in alimony payments and has been ordered to begin making payments or remain in jail. The man was jailed without bond and is facing charges of failure to pay alimony.
Courts award child support as a means to prevent one parent from having to shoulder an undue portion of the expenses related to raising children. Circumstances arise, however, that may necessitate an alteration of the amount or length of such payments.