Family Law

Divorce and family law are challenging areas of legal practice and require a special touch. No other type of legal dispute is quite as emotional. Managing and interpreting these emotions is essential, whether in the courtroom or at the mediation table.

Our experience covers nearly every aspect of family law, including the following:

Divorce

A divorce may be one of the most emotionally and financially difficult experiences in your life. Nevertheless, judges are flooded with divorce cases. When you get to court, a Judge is simply interested in getting four questions answered quickly, completely, and efficiently.

Child Custody

When a divorcing couple has children, the issues surrounding whom the children will live with and when (custody and visitation) are often the most important matters in the divorce. They can also be the most contentious and emotional aspects of the divorce.

Common factors typically considered by the court include:

  • History of domestic violence by either parent. Whether it was child abuse or spousal abuse
  • The child’s relationship with each parent
  • The ability for parents to cooperate and communicate with each other
  • The physical distance between each parents residence

Alimony

Alimony is based on the need of the recipient and the ability to pay of the obligor.  If the financially disadvantaged spouse earns sufficient money to pay all necessary expenses, there is no alimony.  If, on the other hand, the financially disadvantaged spouse has a need, but the obligor spouse does not earn sufficient money to pay any support, then there is no alimony.  Finally, if the financially disadvantaged spouse does have a need and the obligor spouse does have the ability to pay, alimony is likely.  In an alimony case, the critical analysis is the type of alimony, the amount of alimony, and the duration of alimony.

We are experienced in all areas of family law. For more information about alimony and how the law affects your case, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Adoption

We can help with step-parent adoptions, relative adoptions and non-relative adoptions in Georgia. If you have a family member who can no longer care for their child, and you want to adopt that child, talking with us is a good first step in the process. Selecting a child through a local or international adoption agency is also common, and we can help with that, as well.

Guardianships

In Georgia, guardianships of minors may come about in a number of different ways. Generally, there are appointments made by last will and testament, and in vastly different proceedings, when the court appoints a Guardian because of circumstances that necessitate such appointments.

Mediation

Mediation is not a good fit for couples that have a high degree of conflict or who cannot communicate. The parties must be able to communicate and cooperate to some degree because you will need to attend your initial consultation together. Mediation is also not appropriate for cases involving domestic violence or other abusive situations.

When you are ready to get more information about a mediated divorce it is important to schedule a joint consultation with your spouse.

Visitation/Father's Rights

There is a gender bias in the court system. Traditionally fathers were given second choice in a parenting time dispute. Still, today they often do not get a fair chance to exercise their parenting right. Fathers feel as though they must prove a child’s mother is horribly unfit before getting any consideration in a custody dispute.

Protecting your rights as a father is just one thing to consider as you create a plan after your divorce. We will make sure you do what is best for your children when it comes to child custody and visitation as well as child support concerns.

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