Category: Family Law

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Top 5 Traits to Look For in a Family Lawyer

Top 5 Traits to Look For in a Family Lawyer Choosing the right family law attorney is the last thing you want to think about when going through stressful family changes; however, it is the most imperative decision that will significantly determine the smoothness and outcome of your case. A quick web search of ‘the […]

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Who Get the Money in a Divorce?

Who gets the money in a divorce? Georgia is deemed an ‘equitable distribution state.’ That means, who gets the money in a divorce is a lot more complicated than one versus the other. If you and your spouse have decided on divorce in the state of Georgia, your marital property and assets will have to […]

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How is Child Custody Decided in Georgia?

How is Child Custody Decided in Georgia? Rest assured that in the state of Georgia there are no assumptions in the law determining which parent deserves custody of the child. The myth that the court favors the mothers has been proven false time and time again. That is great news for fathers, and even better […]

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Alimony vs. Spousal Support

What is the difference between Alimony and Spousal support? Alimony, maintenance payments, spousal support, or support payments simply refer to the amount and frequency of payments made by an ex-spouse in order to support the other their ex-partner after divorce.  Alimony and spousal support are used interchangeably. Alimony, coming from the Latin word Alimonia (meaning […]

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Divorce & Children With Special Needs

What to Expect from a Guardian ad Litem During Your Divorce Matter Involving a Special Needs Child A major part of our family law practice involves working with couples and families going through the divorce process. In many divorce cases, complex issues such as child custody, child support, parenting time, alimony, and financial or property […]

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Recognizing Child Abuse

Child abuse is not always evident or easy to detect, particularly when the abuser is in a position of authority, such as a parent, stepparent, or other adult living in the household. Such figures of authority exercise a significant amount of power and influence over children, which can intimidate victims of abuse into silence. This […]

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Parenting Time Exchange: Anxiety in Young Children Part 1

Advice for custodial parents when their child objects to spending time with one of their parents. It is common for young children whose parents are no longer together to, at some point, express that they do not wish to spend time, or wish to spend less time, with one of their parents, most commonly the […]

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Drug Abuse and Custody Cases: Drug Testing

Initial and random drug testing may be performed to confirm allegations of drug abuse and ensure compliance with court orders. Heroin and prescription opioid use is on the rise across the country and has become a national epidemic. In Georgia, overdose deaths have jumped by 51 percent since 2015, and courts have seen a correlative […]

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How Social Media Use Can Affect Your Family Law Case

Smartphones are now a ubiquitous piece of technology used by countless individuals to access social media. Many people routinely share insight and photographs of their children and the many aspects of their daily routines and rituals. While this may be a fun pastime, it can often be used against one or both parties in a […]

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Lump Sum Child Support Payments

Several family law lawyers say a Sept. 20 Georgia Supreme Court ruling that affirmed a lower court’s grant of a lump-sum child support payment to cover 13 years of care sets a “dangerous” precedent because it grants one parent a large sum of cash without oversight. But the court said nothing in the child support […]