Atlanta Divorce Law Group - September 2022


3 Myths About Traveling Internationally With Children — Debunked!

September 2022

MYTH NO. 1: IT’S EASIER TO TRAVEL WITH KIDS WHO ARE OLD ENOUGH TO WALK. Every age has its own challenges and benefits. Yes, if a child is old enough to walk, they can explore without help, and you don’t have to worry about changing diapers. However, you can push a baby in a stroller without worrying they’ll run off and change their diaper even when you can’t find a bathroom. Neither age is better or worse! MYTH NO. 2: YOUNG CHILDREN CAN’T BEHAVE DURING TRAVEL. When we travel with our kids, we explain why it’s important that they behave in the airport and on the plane — and they get it! Small kids have more awareness and understanding then we give them credit for: They can pull it together to catch a flight and be a travel partner. Your children will never get a chance to gain maturity unless you give it to them. While we were in Italy, the trains shut down and we got stranded in the Pisa train station until after midnight. Amazingly, our kids did a better job of staying calm than many of the

This summer, my family and I spent six weeks living and working in Tuscany, Italy. We stayed in a villa outside of Lucca and did our best to make the trip an immersive experience. We took Italian tutoring lessons, learned Tuscan cooking, and even sent our kids to an Italian tennis camp. Their brains soaked the language right up. Most of my friends reacted to the trip the same way: “Wow, you took three young kids overseas? That’s crazy! We’re going to wait until our children are older.” I’ve heard many people say traveling internationally with young kids is impossible or a bad idea, but Hisham and I have traveled internationally with our kids for their entire lives. They’ve been to Sweden, Egypt, Italy, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, and Mexico already, and they are all under 10. Given that experience, I want to share my perspective on international travel with children and bust a few of the most common myths about the practice. 678-203-9893

adult tourists. (That said, we try to book overnight flights so the kids can sleep, just in case.) MYTH NO. 3: THE KIDS WON’T REMEMBER THE TRIP. Subconscious memory is just as important as conscious memory. Sure, little Amir may not consciously remember our trip to Italy, but he may have vague memories of adventure, bonding, learning something new, and hearing a foreign language. All of these things expand a child’s world, make them question things, and ensure they won’t grow up to take their lives for granted. Ultimately, traveling with young kids may or may not be for you, but it isn’t impossible. If you go into the trip with an open mind and the goal of learning together, you’ll make irreplaceable memories.

Buona fortuna! (Good luck!)

–Sara Khaki 678-203-9893



As you probably know, when you’re in the middle of a marriage, it’s hard to gauge the health of your relationship. This webinar will offer your loved one the logical, outside perspective they need to make a decision! Send them the link today or pass on this newsletter. HAPPILY EVER AFTER DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP MEETING (VIRTUAL SUPPORT GROUP) When: Thursday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. Register: ever-after-divorce-support-group If you’re in the middle of the divorce process or already divorced but struggling with the fallout, one of the best things you can do for your mental health is seek out others in your situation. That’s exactly why our team designed our Happily Ever After Divorce Support Group! This group meets virtually once a month, and every meeting is an

Our complimentary divorce support groups and seminars are available online! Register for these upcoming events to gain knowledge, resources, and emotional support that will help you feel empowered while you go through major life changes.

opportunity for the members to explore their feelings, bond with each other, and learn to grow and move forward. The group is a haven for people dealing with divorce, and it’s also led by an expert: licensed marriage and family therapist Kathleen Shack. Katheen is experienced in divorce mediation, couples therapy, children’s issues, and more. You can read all about her and sign up for the group at the web address included in this article. We hope to see you there. Here at ADLG, we’re not letting COVID-19 slow us down. Sign up for these virtual events to get the information and support you need without leaving home.


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Do you have a friend or family member debating on whether or not they should divorce? If so, we highly recommend sending them the link to this free virtual event. During this webinar, our team will explain the steps of the divorce process and help your loved one figure out whether separating from their spouse is the right choice for them emotionally and financially.

As the leaves begin to fall and the air becomes cooler, it is a sure sign that summer is slowly coming to an end. Though we will miss the pool parties and backyard barbecues, there is still lots to look forward to during fall. Autumn is known as the season of change, and getting the kids outside allows them to understand and explore the changes going on in the world around them. Creating a fall scavenger hunt is a great way for kids to practice their reading and observation skills, all while still enjoying the outdoors. SIGNS OF FALL Creating a specific scavenger hunt for signs of autumn is a great way to enhance your child’s observation skills.

Consider the following for your signs of fall hunt:

1. Leaves that have changed colors 2. Tree seeds or pine cones that have fallen to the ground 3. Items from a fall harvest (like pumpkins, sunflowers, or hay bales) 4. Changes among people’s apparel (such as jackets, hats, and scarves) 5. Animals hibernating or migrating FALL COLOR WHEEL The best way to explore autumn’s colors is by creating a fall color wheel hunt! Since the leaves are the surest signs of fall, kids can compare and contrast the different colors of each leaf they find, making this a fun hands-on activity. You can either download a color wheel template from the internet or make one yourself! All you need is a piece of paper that’s big enough for kids to tape the leaves onto and different areas for the colors red, yellow, orange, and brown. This will help kids see the different kinds of leaves as well as their visual changes during the season. The weather is getting colder, but it doesn’t mean you have to hibernate too! Bundle up with a cozy sweater and beanie, and encourage the family to get outside to explore all of the wonderful changes autumn has to offer.



Get Out and Explore


STANLEY, IDAHO If the mountains are calling your name, then Stanley, Idaho, is the place to go! About three hours northeast of Boise, this gem has three different mountain ranges: the Sawtooth, Lost River, and White Cloud. This trifecta is home to whitewater rafting, hiking, sightseeing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and exploring. While there’s tons to see and experience during the day, the beauty doesn’t stop at night. As Stanley is situated in the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve, you’re able to see so much more in the night sky, such as the Milky Way, meteors, and even planets! GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING In Grand Teton National Park, you’ll find many sights and wildlife similar to those seen on screen in “Yellowstone.” The towering craggy peaks and luscious landscape do not disappoint, and sometimes there is no sign of human development for miles. It’s a truly remote and beautiful place to visit and explore.

Because of the popularity of the Kevin Costner miniseries “Yellowstone,” the state of Montana is seeing an economic boom, both in tourism and real estate, as people flock to explore the natural beauty of the state. But with Montana’s increasing popularity, traveling there may not be ideal, especially if you want to avoid crowds. Here are some other destinations that offer similar sights and activities!

You are sure to encounter some amazing wildlife while hiking or camping — the park is home to more than 60 species of mammals and 300 species of birds. BIGHORN NATIONAL FOREST, WYOMING Specifically known for being remote, Bighorn National Forest is located in north-central Wyoming and offers over 192,000 acres of open wilderness and 1,200 miles of hiking trails to venture out on. The forest contains many meadows and grasslands surrounded by large, dancing mountains and rolling hills. The best part is that there are many different ways to explore Bighorn National Forest. Fishing, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, camping, hunting, and horseback riding are just a few of the many ways to experience Wyoming’s beauty. Are you ready to get out and explore these different areas of our nation’s beauty? Check some of these great destinations off your bucket list!

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What Our Clients Are Saying!

You’ve spent way too long worrying about your marriage — now it’s time to worry about yourself! A big part of self-care is staying on top of your physical health. If you’re suffering from an injury, pain, or other health problem that you’ve put on the back burner for months or years, do yourself a favor and call our partner Adler Comprehensive Chiropractic (ACC). ACC is a chiropractic office for the whole family based in Roswell. They specialize in injury recovery and pain reduction, but their hands-on techniques can also address other problems like headaches and even weight loss. ACC also offers preventive care that will protect your health and longevity long term. They want you to live a long, healthy life, and their focus on “The 100 Year Lifestyle” sets them apart from other chiropractors in the area. If you visit ACC and love the service, you might also consider taking your kids there. The ACC team specializes in pediatric chiropractic care and can help people of all ages: infants, teen athletes, and adults. To learn more about ACC or schedule an appointment, call 770-594-2233 or visit

“Everyone here has been so great to work with, and they are always there when I need them! They are a compassionate group of people, and I highly recommend them to anyone in a time of need.” –Hailey F. start, you were there for me and my daughter, answered all of my questions right away, and saved us! Thank you so much!” –Zhulieta D. “These guys are great. Allen was always there when I needed him and I’m happy with the result.” –Shawn D. “I just can’t say enough gratitude to Ms. Shawna Woods and the team! From the

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Preserving the Balance of Work and Family Life Life Can Be Unpredictable

WHEN CAN I USE FMLA LEAVE? An eligible employee can be granted up to 12 workweeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period for the following reason(s):

Workers shouldn’t have to choose between the job they need and the family members they love. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was created to allow employees to take reasonable unpaid leave for a particular family or medical reason so they can maintain a work/life balance. WHAT DOES IT PROVIDE? The FMLA provides eligible employees up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave a year with the requirement of group health benefits to be maintained during the leave as if employees were continuing to work. They are also entitled to resume their same or equivalent job at the end of their FMLA leave. WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR FMLA? FMLA applies to all public agencies, all public and private elementary and secondary schools, and companies with 50 or more employees. Employees can be eligible for FMLA if they have worked for their employer for at least 12 months, worked at least 1,250 hours over the past 12 months, and work at a location that employs 50 or more employees within 75 miles.

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Birth of and/or bonding with a newborn child The placement of a child for adoption or foster care with the employee To care for an immediate family member with a serious condition (child, spouse, or parent, but does not include parent in-laws) To take medical leave when the employee is unable to work due to a serious health condition For qualifying exigencies arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, child, or parent is on covered active duty or call to covered active-duty status as a member of the National Guard, Reserves, or Regular Armed Forces

The FMLA exists so employees can tend to their families without worrying about their job, allowing them to provide the best care for their loved ones. For more information regarding whether or not your company is eligible for FMLA, check out your local government agency for more details.


The weather is finally cooling down, and wedding season is in full swing. If you have a friend or relative who has gotten married recently or plans to, do them a favor and give them the best wedding gift ever: Recommend they get a prenup or a postnup. Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements can be tricky topics for engaged couples and newlyweds, but discussing them is incredibly important. These agreements are contracts between spouses, either future spouses (in the case of a prenup) or current spouses (in the case of a postnup) that determine what happens in case of a divorce. They cover division of assets, alimony, and any other marital liabilities that need to be split up. If you bring this topic up to a friend, they might be hesitant to ask their partner about it. The most common concern we hear is, “If I ask for a pre- or postnup, won’t they think I don’t trust them?” This fear is an understandable worry, but it’s outdated. If your friend raises the stigma around pre- and postnups, here are a few things you can say. • “A prenup doesn’t just protect you; it also protects your partner! If they raise concerns, remind them that they can bring their requests to the table, too, and feel more secure about their future.”

“Doing a pre- or postnup can actually bring you closer. You’ll learn what your partner really values and their priorities, and that will help you make each other happier.” “It’s always best to prepare for the worst, even if the chances of divorce are tiny. You’re not very likely to get in a car crash — but you always wear your seatbelt, right?”

Hopefully this advice will get your friend thinking, and they’ll suggest a prenup or postnup to their partner. This is the best gift you can give them because it will protect their happiness and assets long term. If your friend wants more resources, invite them to follow the QR code above and watch our video. In it, ADLG attorneys Sara Khaki and Shawna Woods bust myths about pre- and postnups and explain how to start the process. 4

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