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There is a time and place for litigation and a time and place to settle. While we always work to resolve your issues in the most efficient way possible, it is a fact that it takes both sides to settle any type of case. As a result, litigation is a necessary fact of many complex, emotionally charged Georgia divorce or child custody cases. Regardless of the method used to resolve your issues, advocating from a position of strength will always provide the best outcome.
We believe that in most cases, we will be the best attorneys you can retain for your case. Family law has been the exclusive focus of Shaw Law Firm, LLC since 1995. It’s all we do, and we have become very good at it. Find out for yourself why we are the right attorneys to handle your divorce or child custody case. Call us and learn why we are the right law firm for you.
A stock option is the right of an employee to purchase a certain amount of shares of his or her employer’s company stock at a specific time and for a fixed price. The employee is not required to purchase the stock, but can do so whenever he or she chooses to do so. Many large corporations and business start-ups offer their employees stock options as part of their compensation and benefits package. Stock options are attractive because they allow the employer to provide an incentive for the employee to stay … Continue readingRead More
One of the most difficult tasks in a divorce can be placing a value on a family-owned business, and then determining how to divide its value equitably between the spouses. This can be one of the most contentious and complex issues before the court in a Georgia divorce, simply because the process can involve so much uncertainty, and because the business may be the biggest asset that the parties own. There are different ways to measure the value of a business, including fair market value, fair value, investment value, and … Continue readingRead More
There are a few different ways that you can go about filing for child support in the state of Georgia, depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding your situation. First, if you are married, you have the right to file for divorce or legal separation and ask for a child support order through those proceedings. Alternatively, you can just file a request for a child support order from the court if you aren’t sure whether you want to file for divorce or separation yet. You typically file for divorce in … Continue readingRead More
Any vehicles that you obtain during your marriage, or that you use marital funds to pay for, can constitute marital property under Georgia law. All marital property, including vehicles, can be equitably divided by the court in a divorce. However, when vehicles are encumbered by vehicle loans, the couple also must deal with payment of the outstanding debt that is secured by the vehicle. The general rule is that if a spouse decides to keep an asset, such as a vehicle, in a divorce, then he or she also will … Continue readingRead More
Mr. Shaw saw me at my worst, going through the worst time in my life, my divorce, yet he kept me focused on the real goals (not my overly emotional, unrealistic expectations) and pushed me to do the work it took to help him win my case. He kept telling me it was my leg work that won, but really, it was his pushing me and keeping me strong even when I wanted to cave, that got the win. In hindsight, it was the more horrible time in my life, and I thank God I had Mr. Shaw there to get me through it. He was blunt, to the point, called me out when I was wimping out, and was my champion. I highly recommend him.- Patricia M.,
Thank you for your prompt attention to my case. This validates what my friend said that your clients are your most important priority.- Ike N.,
My wife refused to give even a settlement offer and forced a jury trial on me after a 25 year marriage. Mr. Shaw did an incredible job in front of the jury.- Brad A.,
My husband said he was going to take me for everything, my business, alimony, stock, everything. And he was -- until I switched attorneys! Mr. Shaw immediately took charge of the case, took the steps necessary to win the case, and he was brilliant at trial. We won every issue and I could not have been more ecstatic.- Margaret M.,
What is important is that you totally rock! I loved the divorce decree. It's professional, polite and very quietly menacing. Hugs!- Kelly M.,
My wife took my one year old son and moved out, telling me I could only see him on weekends. Mr. Shaw went to bat for me and won full custody for me at not just one, but two trials, in front of two different judges. It is now my ex-wife who only gets to see my son on weekends!- Raymond D.,
Thanks for a great job, Scott. You're the BEST- Robert P.,
It was a mother's worse nightmare, my children were not on the plane home after visiting my ex for the summer. But it got worse. My ex had filed a phony abuse claim to try to keep my kids with him. I feared with Social Services involved and other red tape, I'd never see my kids again. The Shaw Law Firm immediately took action, contacted all the right people, and I had my kids safely back with me in THREE DAYS! My ex has since lost all visitation rights. I am so thankful the Shaw Law Firm knew exactly what to do to help me- Lynn R.,
I called a number of lawyers, you included. You were the obvious choice.- Kelly M.,
I just wanted to say thanks for everything that you and your firm did to help me through this. You guys did a great job from day one with it. Thanks.- Craig W.,
We are passionate about our work, our clients, and getting our clients the best results possible in each and every case. Each case is different and special, and there are real lives at stake. We take this responsibility very seriously and welcome the challenges that each case brings.
Shaw Law Firm LLC is specifically devoted to divorce, child custody, and related family law matters. We handle no other types of cases, which leaves us free to focus on a single area of practice.
Scott Shaw is the founder and principal of Shaw Law Firm LLC, which he founded in 1995. Mr. Shaw graduated with honors from law school and holds an M.B.A. from Duke University. Mr. Shaw himself has handled over 1000 cases and accepts nothing but excellence in handling his cases. Shaw Law Firm LLC has become known for handling the most difficult and complex cases in the practice area of family law.
We are frequently retained by clients as their second or third attorney, after previous attorneys were not able to properly handle the matter. We gladly take on such cases and have a track record of success in turning such cases around. However, it should not be so difficult to f...Continue Reading
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Fulton County, Atlanta, Georgia An example of a victory in the appellate courts and our ability to deal with complex international issues in family law cases.
Henry County, McDonough, Georgia Two different trials, in front of two different judges, we won physical custody and primary legal custody for client at both.
Fulton County, Atlanta, Georgia After a successful appeal, client was awarded more than $50,000 in back support that her first attorney had negotiated away, the illegal settlement agreement was set aside, and we entered into a settlement that was fair to client.
The Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act (PKPA) is a federal law that was passed in order to ensure consistency in interstate custody disputes. It also was designed to prevent parents from kidnapping their own children and taking them to other states for the purposes of obtaining a more favorable custody determination. More specifically, the PKPA establishes the “home state” of the child as the state with priority jurisdiction. Plus, the PKPA provides for recognition and enforcement of out-of-state custody orders, and severely restricts the ability of courts to modify these orders. … Continue reading
When individuals own significant assets, such as businesses, stock options, investment accounts, and the like, the issue of appreciation of these assets may arise when the parties decide to divorce. From a purely financial perspective, appreciation is the amount of increase in value that an asset or piece of property accrues over time. Appreciation may be due to outside market forces, which classifies it as passive appreciation. This type of appreciation is not the result of any effort by the property owner. By contrast, active appreciation accrues as a result … Continue reading
In some states, a court may order parents may be responsible for all or a portion of their children’s college expenses, even after their obligation to pay child support has ended and their children are over the age of 18. In states in which it is possible to order college expenses, however, the court typically assigns only a portion of the applicable college expenses to each parent, and the child will be responsible for a portion of his or her own expenses, as well. Additionally, the court may re-condition a … Continue reading
Many couples who have minor children together and are in the process of separating, whether they are married or not, must address the issue of child support for their children. In most cases, one parent will have custody of the children and the other parent will pay child support. However, even in a joint or split custody situation, if one parent’s income is significantly higher than the other’s parent’s income, the parent with the higher income may be ordered to pay child support. One question that often arises in a … Continue reading
There is no easy way to break it to your children that you and your spouse are planning to separate or divorce. Y our children are likely to react negatively to the news, no matter how appropriate or justified the divorce may be. Regardless of the situation, you are introducing a life-changing event for your child that will dramatically alter the remainder of his or her childhood. If at all possible, you and your spouse should cooperate to jointly tell your children about your plans to divorce. You should have … Continue reading