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Usher's Ex Tameka Raymond Wants More Child Support

The singer Usher has baby-mama-drama on his hands, as his ex-wife, Tameka Raymond wants more child support, reports CTV.

Usher Raymond, a graduate of North Springs High School in Atlanta, is one of the best-selling R&B artists in history. Ironically -- or maybe purposefully -- his latest album was called Raymond v. Raymond, no doubt a reference to the divorce he was undergoing at the time.

Georgia Child Sex Abuse Reporting Law Under Pressure

After the child-sex abuse scandals of Jerry Sandusky at Penn State and Bernie Fine at Syracuse, advocates and prosecutors in Georgia are demanding that Georgia's child sex abuse reporting law should have wider reach, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

One of the important ways in which Georgia Law tries to limit child sex abuse is by stipulating a mandatory reporting in Georgia requirement. As such, physicians, hospital personnel, dentists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors, school teachers/officials, child welfare agency and child service organization personnel, law enforcement personnel, podiatrists, all have to report child abuse to the authorities.

The researchers at FindLaw have put together a useful chart that details Georgia's child abuse laws.

Roseanne Barr Pays Ex-Husband's Attorney's Fees

The comedienne Roseanne Barr will have to pay $40,000 to her ex-husband, reports TMZ, much of it for attorney’s fees.

Roseanne’s ex-husband, Ben Thomas, had initially wanted $100,000 from her, reportedly as a way to punish her for their child custody battle, which was settled back in August. Details about Roseanne’s custody issue emerged after her ex-husband filed unsealed documents in court, reports Radar Online.

DeShawn Graves Snow and Eric Snow to Divorce

Former NBA guard, Eric Snow, is getting a divorce from his wife DeShawn Graves Snow, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The former Mrs. Snow, Deshawn Graves, is a former star of the The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She was let go from the show reportedly because she wasn't controversial enough. Her replacement was Kandi Buruss. Deshawn Graves Snow later described the reality show as "a circus show" reports the AJC. She has moved on from the reality show circuit and according to her website is a minister at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and is getting a divinity degree at Regent University.

Divorce Due to Adultery in Georgia

Marital infidelity is at an all-time high, reports the Huffington Post.

In fact, 50-60% of married men and 45-55% of married women engage in extramarital sex at some time or another during their marriage, reports the Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy.

And these extramarital sex numbers might yet be higher due to Internet infidelity and so called “virtual cheating.” In fact, there have been documented cases of so-called Facebook cheating, as reported by FindLaw’s Phoenix Family Law News Blog.

Marietta MMA Fighters Killed in Murder-Suicide

Two MMA fighters in Marietta were killed in a murder-suicide in their Springdale Drive home, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Marietta MMA (mixed martial arts) fighters were identified as Maryellen Cano, 32, and her boyfriend, Wilburg Carl South, age 28. They were both fighters that had appeared on fight cards in Duluth. South’s nickname was “The Pitbull.”

The couple had been dating for about two years. They had been fighting professionally since about 2008.

Tiki Barber Wedding to Traci Lynn Johnson Is On Hold

Numerous fans of the NFL will remember Tiki Barber as the former running back of the New York Giants. But he's also been the subject of celebrity gossip because of his later job at NBC and the saga of his relationship with ex-wife Ginny Barber and potential new wife Traci Lynn Johnson. It turns out now that Tiki Barber's wedding to Traci Lynn Johnson is on hold pending the divorce with Ginny Barber, reports the Huffington Post.

Barber split from his wife Ginny of eleven years while she was pregnant, and then got together with Traci Lynn Johnson, an intern at NBC. They later became engaged.

Warning Signs: Risks Children Face Online

Protecting children from the myriad societal dangers is a full-time job; and it has taken on additional significant with the emergence of the Internet as a source of trouble and tension for parents trying to protect children from online predators.

Teens are especially at risk online. Here are some startling statistics. Seventy one percent of teens 13 - 17 say they received messages online from someone they did not know. Forty percent of those receiving messages said they usually reply and chat back. And an astonishing 30% of teens 13 -17 have considered meeting someone that they have only talked to online.

Jaywalking Mom Raquel Nelson Appeals Retrial Denial

The so called Jaywalking mom, Raquel Nelson, who drew national attention when she was found guilty for the death of her 4-year-old child after crossing a busy highway with him, is appealing a judge's decision not to dismiss her second case, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Raquel Nelson got the opportunity for a retrial after her judge in the first case, Katherine Tanksley, gave her a chance to either take 12-months with probation or a second trial.

Children of Divorce Resilient Compared To Other Children

While divorce is often stigmatized due to the impact it might have on children, there is increasing evidence that children of divorce are resilient compared to other children and that these skills make such children more likely to do well in recessions and other stressful situations, reports the Huffington Post.

Going through a divorce apparently teaches a child the skills that are described as "adaptability, exploration, entrepreneurialism." And these are very useful to a human being as they move forward in life, reports HuffPo.

Penn State Sex Scandal and Georgia Child Abuse

The child abuse scandal at Penn State football has put a spotlight at the intersection of sports and child welfare and led to the dramatic exits of long-time coaches and university officials due to the fact that they may have turned a blind-eye to the abuse, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

While Georgia Bulldog fans from the Southeastern Conference feel no love towards rival footballing conferences like the Big Ten, the child abuse at Penn State is a good time to review the child abuse laws in our own state.

The researchers at FindLaw have put together a useful chart that details Georgia’s child abuse laws. One relevant section of the Georgia Code is 19-7-5.

Who Is Eligible to be Adopted in Georgia?

The decision to adopt a child can be one of the most rewarding an individual or couple can make. However, it can also be extraordinarily complex. Those who wish to adopt a child must be willing not merely to welcome a new life into their hearts, they must also be willing to deal with legal and bureaucratic issues that can easily take as long as a typical pregnancy.

The key to adopting successfully is to do one’s homework: finding reputable attorneys and agencies, knowing the pros and cons of different types of adoptions, and understanding the need to be actively involved at every step without allowing impatience or frustration to take control.

One of the critical elements of a successful adoption is to know that the party you are adopting is eligible for adoption. Georgia Code Section 19-8-4 states the rules for who can be adopted in Georgia.

Georgia Adoption Eligibility Laws

Adoption offers children-in-need a chance to be taken in by parents who would like to confer all the rights of a family upon them. Legally, adoption is defined as follows:

Adoption is the legal process pursuant to state statute in which a child's legal rights and duties toward his natural parents are terminated and similar rights and duties toward his adoptive parents are substituted.

To complete an adoption in Georgia you have to follow certain laws and fulfill certain eligibilities.

Arrest Warrant Issued for Terrell Owens

An arrest warrant for Terrell Owens was issued because of missing child support payments, reports the Huffington Post.

Terrell Owens's -- also known as "T.O." -- previously had his child support case in Atlanta. It is now taking place in Contra Costa County in Northern California.

Marietta Grandpa Takes His Grandson on Crime Spree

The police in the city of Marietta are looking for a grandpa that took his grandson with him on a crime spree, reports WSB Radio.

The discovery of the incident occurred after a car was hotwired by a barefoot older man and his grandson between the ages of five to seven. Before they made off with the Honda Civic, the pair had been in the convenience store trying to steal ice cream and cheese.

Salman Rushdie Kritiques Kardashian Kutely

Atlanta's Emory University professor and "Satanic Verses" novelist Salman Rushdie used Twitter to tweak Kim Kardashian's 72-day marriage, reports the Associated Press.

And per his usual style that mixes unusual wordplay, pun, and narrative, it was in the form of a little limerick:

"The marriage of poor kim #kardashian was krushed like a kar in a krashian"

"her kris kried, not fair! why kan't I keep my share?"

"But kardashian fell klean outa fashian."

Do You Want To Increase Child Visitation in Georgia?

Technology has changed our lives for the better in many different ways, from entertainment, to social media, to medicine. Now technology may make a difference in terms of how divorced parents exercise visitation with their children through the rise of virtual visitation, reports FindLaw.

As the name suggests, virtual visitation, is a form of child visitation that requires the use of technology — such as email, video conferencing, video mail, and instant messaging.

Reduce Child Support in Georgia

Many divorced parents in Georgia pay legally mandated child support to help raise their children. But many other parents, due to economic problems, are unable to pay. And under the law, they can be jailed for failing to pay child support. In fact, over the past decade just in Gwinnett County, 3612 people were arrested and jailed for failing to pay child support, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. They served an average of 127 days.

Thanks to these numbers, it can be very important to learn about how to reduce child support in Georgia. It could keep you out of jail. Here is what you need to know if you are trying to reduce child support.

The Kim Kardashian Divorce is Happening

The Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries wedding went from the toast of the E! Network to just being toast, as the New York Times is reporting that the Kim Kardashin divorce looks imminent. The "Grey Lady" is covering the divorce under its Arts blog, which just proves the wide reach of the Kardashian machine.