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Careful: Child Support May Affect Your Taxes

After a divorce in which the couple has children, it's almost a guarantee that someone is going to be paying child support. So how are you supposed to declare that on your taxes?

If you're the non-custodial parent, you probably aren't claiming the child as your dependent on your tax return, unless your court documents explicitly state that you are. But you're still contributing to your child financially. Shouldn't you get a tax break too?

The short answer is yes. The long answer is that you're going to have to read the fine print.

Modifying Child Custody in Georgia

It's rare for a custody order to remain the same over a period of years. Lifestyles change, and that means modifying custody may be a good idea. Each state has its own rules about custody, and Georgia is no different.

In an ideal world, you and your ex could come to an agreement on how to split time, and both of you would stick to those rules. But that kind of situation rarely happens.

The problem with a verbal agreement is that it's hard to enforce in court. If you want to modify a custody order, it's best to follow the legal rules.

Don't Dismiss Getting a Prenup Until You Know the Facts

Unless you're a celebrity or a millionaire, most couples don't consider getting a prenup before the wedding. But that may because they don't know all the facts about prenups.

If everything you know about prenuptial agreements comes from reading the news, you probably think their only function is to kick in during divorce. But for most couples a prenup can be very useful during a marriage.

Is a prenup right for you? The answer is probably yes, but below we've listed some facts about prenups so you can make your own decisions.

At FindLaw’s Atlanta Family Law Blog, we cover a lot of celebrity news, particularly with regard to divorce, child custody, and any number of other family law issues. With the TomKat split and the Usher custody battle making headlines, 2012 was a pretty wild year for family law news.

So here are our top five celebrity family law stories of 2012.

Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn is officially single, according to TMZ.

Lindsey and her husband/coach Thomas Vonn filed for divorce back in November of last year. This month, the split became official when a judge signed off on the divorce.

After a whopping eight months of marriage, Jeremy Shockey and wife Daniela Cortazar-Shockey have had enough.

The 32-year-old NFL free agent filed divorce papers late last year in Miami, claiming his marriage was "irretrievably broken," according to TMZ. Unfortunately for Cortazar-Shockey, there's apparently an airtight prenup that could bar her from getting anything in the split.

Kanye West dropped a bombshell on stage Sunday night by singing, "God brought us a whole new plan, baby. 'Cause now you're having my baby."

That's right. Kim Kardashian is pregnant with Kanye's baby, according to TMZ. To complicate matters, Kim is still technically married to Kris Humphries -- a fact that could affect the paternity determination.