Whether you live in Georgia or elsewhere, the divorce process can be difficult. Couples who once loved each other may find it difficult to settle disagreements, especially when those disagreements involve children.
Former professional basketball player, Allen Iverson, married his wife in 2001. However, in June, his wife filed for divorce in Atlanta and asked for sole custody of their five children and spousal support. At that time, she said the marriage was "irretrievably broken" and had nothing to do with another woman. Recently, however, the case took a turn that underlines how emotionally draining the divorce process can be.
Iverson's wife requested that he provide a detailed list of all of the women he has had sexual relations with during their marriage. According to papers filed in a Georgia courtroom earlier this month, the list must also include all of the women's phone numbers.
However, the strategy may have limited legal significance. Under a legal concept known as "condonation," Georgia divorce law holds that if a spouse knew about their partner's indiscretions and forgave them, they cannot use those indiscretions against them in court later. In effect, if someone forgives their spouse, the court also forgives them.
Similarly, a spouse's indiscretions may have little impact on custody issues. When determining custody, judges look at the best interests of the child. That includes factors such as the bond each parent has with a child, each parent's awareness of the child's needs, the home environment of each parent, and each parent's involvement in the child's life. Past parenting performance and future parenting abilities are also considered.
Disagreements on child custody and child support issues can be emotional. Having an experienced attorney to help navigate through those issues may make the process a little less daunting.
Source: The Inquirer, "Wife seeks A.I.'s sex stats," Regina Medina, Mar. 21, 2012