Category Archive for: ‘Family Law’

Grandparent’s Rights

Grandparents spending time with their grandchildren

Do grandparents have the right to visitation with the grandchildren?  Georgia, like most other states, does create a statutory right for grandparents to seek visitation with grandchildren.  Visitation must be sought by petitioning the court, by filing a new action with the court, or by intervening in an existing action that puts custody and visitation of the children at issue.  …

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Child Support: What happens if I lose my job?

Mans hand giving hundred dollars to female hand

Once child support is ordered by the Court, your obligation to pay continues until the Court changes it.  In many situations, the custodial parent may be willing to fore-go payments or accept a lesser amount, but such an agreement, even if put in writing, does not alleviate your legal obligation to pay child support according to the order of the …

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When can kids choose who they live with?

Teenage daughter sitting on couch, not looking at Mother, after an argument

Georgia law allows a child who has reached the age of 14 years to determine which parent will be the primary custodian. The statute actual creates a right for the child to make this choice, one of the few rights that a 14-year-old can exercise. Once a child has expressed a desire to live with a parent, the child must …

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7 Tips for Reducing the Costs of a Divorce

Businessman turning his empty pockets inside out

Divorce proceedings can be very costly. These tips can help you reduce your costs without sacrificing excellent representation. Be prepared! When meeting with your attorney, whether the first time or throughout the process, be prepared for each meeting. Write down your questions. Gather the documents your attorney has requested. Have the answers to issues raised in the last meeting with …

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Divorce After Adoption

Blended Family

What would have happened if the Brady Bunch broke up? Would Carol keep the girls and Mike keep the boys? After all, that’s what they brought into the marriage, and they have the stronger bond with their own biological children. But, that’s not how the law works. If a person adopts a child, they have an equal standing with the …

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Adoption: Keeping in Touch


 Imagine grandparents being able to keep in touch with a biological grandchild being adopted by another family member!  Representative Mary Margaret Oliver (District 82) has introduced legislation that would enable adoptive parents, the adoptive child, and the biological relatives of the adoptive child to enter into a post-adoptive contact agreement.  This agreement would allow the biological relatives to have contact …

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Are you a victim of abuse?

Woman Dv

“Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.” If or someone you love is a victim of abuse, there are resources to help! Most communities have a shelter for victims of abuse, which can provide emergency housing, food, and clothing. In addition, the Court can help by issuing a protective …

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Divorce – War or Peace?

Couple arguing

If you are considering divorce, or in the midst of one, consider the emotional impact on your children.  Is what you are fighting about worth the impact it’s having on your children?  Sometimes there’s just no way to avoid an all-out fight, but most times there is room for compromise and peace.  Step back and take a look, and see …

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