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Divorce & Family Law

Contested Divorces

A divorce can be one of life’s most traumatic experiences. When going through a divorce, you must deal with complex issues regarding division of marital property, martial debt, and potential claims for alimony. In many instances, concerns about minor children, including custody, visitation and support, are paramount. As experienced divorce and family law attorneys, we protect your interests while working to reach the solution that most benefits you and your family.

Uncontested Divorces

In many instances, spouses choose to go their separate ways, and find they can do so without the need to fight one another. If you and your spouse are in the position to work out a settlement, an uncontested divorce can be obtained much faster and cheaper than a contested divorce. As experienced divorce and family law attorneys, we can assist you throughout the divorce process.

Equitable Division of Marital Property

Generally, with the exception of inherited property and third party gifts, any property acquired, or debt incurred, during the marriage is marital property, subject to an “equitable division” between the parties, upon divorce. As experienced divorce and family law attorneys, we will work to ensure that the martial estate is divided in an equitable manner that is favorable and agreeable to our clients.

Alimony

Alimony, or “spousal support,” is based on the traditional reliance by one spouse upon the other for financial maintenance and support. Temporary alimony may be appropriate, while a suit for divorce is pending, to allow the dependent spouse to effectively contest the issues involved, and protect his or her interests in the proceeding. Permanent alimony may be appropriate, depending on the extent of the claimant spouse’s reliance on the other, as well as the facts of the marriage, and cause of the separation, with adultery being a defense to a claim for alimony. As experienced divorce and family law attorneys, we will work to reach your goals in pursuit or defense of a claim for alimony.

Child Custody and Visitation

Custody and visitation are often the most serious issues in a divorce. When considering these issues, Georgia courts seek to protect the best interests of the children involved. Custody is divided into two parts: 1) Physical Custody – this determines who has the children in his or her home, and 2) Legal Custody – this determines who makes decisions that affect the child, such as school, church, etc. Courts want both parents to have time with the children. Therefore, the parent who does not have physical custody will usually have visitation. As experienced divorce and family law attorneys, we will work to reach your goals while protecting the best interests of your children.

Child Support

Generally, the parent who does not have physical custody of a child is required to pay child support to the spouse who has physical custody. To some degree, the child support amount is fixed, based on a formula that looks at the salaries of both parents and their respective childcare expenses. However, there is some flexibility in the child support amount. As experienced divorce and family law attorneys, we will work to make sure the child support amount is both fair to you and in the best interests of the children involved.

Grandparents' Rights

Most grandparents love their grandchildren dearly. They want the opportunity to know their grandchildren, and more importantly, for their grandchildren to know them. Unreasonable parents can deprive grandparents of the right even to see their grandchildren. In Georgia, grandparents can get visitation rights. However, a grandparent usually has to petition the court in order to secure those rights. As experienced family law attorneys, we can help you see and spend time with your grandchildren.

Adoption

Adoption can be one of life’s greatest experiences. But it is also a complicated legal process that generally requires the assistance of an experienced adoption attorney. Georgia adoption laws must be strictly followed to ensure a successful adoption. As experienced family law attorneys, we can assist you in the adoption process.

Wills, Living Wills, Powers Of Attorney

If you are ready to plan for the orderly transfer of your assets upon your death, we can assist in formulating a Will that meets your needs. Your Will must comply with Georgia law in order to ensure that your wishes are met. If you want to choose the medical care you will receive in the event you are unable to communicate, we can assist you in preparing a Living Will (or Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare). If you wish to give someone Power Of Attorney over any of your affairs, we can advise you in the formation of those Powers Of Attorney.

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