Steps in a Georgia Divorce Timeline
Although it only took a moment to say, “I do,” it could take six months to a few years to undo a marriage through a divorce. Although you may be eager to split apart, careful consideration and planning is necessary to achieve a more favorable outcome for you. 1.File a Petition for Divorce – The…Read More
Legal Separation or Divorce?
Is there ever a time when a legal separation would be better than divorce? Although both can cover much of the same ground in terms of children, property and finances, we encourage our clients to file for divorce except in rare cases. In a divorce there is the complete legal severing of the marriage, leaving…Read More
What if my Spouse Won’t Cooperate Regarding the Divorce?
Divorce is rarely a simple process even with the best intentions, so it is not unusual that there may be objections or stalling for time by the other party, and possible unusual challenges, such as locating them to notify them of your intention. Often the question arises about what will happen if the other party…Read More
I have written on the topic of parental alienation multiple times over the years. Recently I received a call from a colleague asking for advice on how to handle a case that he had, and a few days later a new client with a case with disturbing fact patterns that screamed of parental alienation retained…Read More
What Happens When You Don’t Answer a Georgia Divorce Petition or Other Family Law Complaint?
People have many reasons why they may not file an Answer when served with a Complaint for Divorce or some other family law pleading. None of these reasons matter. If you want to protect yourself, you must file an Answer. Not filing an Answer does not slow down or halt proceedings in any way. If…Read More
In divorce law in Georgia sometimes a spouse will try to convey (give away or sell) property such as a home or stock, or the rights to a patent, or any piece of property, to keep it from their spouse should they ever divorce. Often this sale of property will be to a family member…Read More
Waiver of Alimony and Attorney’s Fee in Contempt Cases
A profound change in the law for family law cases in Georgia has quietly occurred. This change is applicable to both contempt cases and modification cases after divorce. It materially impacts the award of attorney’s fees in contempt or modification cases, which often ends up being much more important that the actual substantive issue underlying the contempt…Read More
Is a Divorce Agreement to Pay Child College Expenses Modifiable?
Georgia courts cannot order a parent to pay for a child’s college expenses because they do not have the power to order child support past the age of 18 years, unless the child is enrolled full-time in high school, and then until no later than the child no longer being enrolled (dropped out or graduated),…Read More
Women: Preparing to File for Divorce
The possibility of filing for divorce may seem confusing, intimidating, or even terrifying. Unfortunately, many women who file for divorce may be met with hostility by narcissistic husbands who ignore their wives’ contributions to the family—and these men may lash out in response. For this reason, it’s vital that women are financially, emotionally, and physically…Read More
LGBTQ+ Marriage and Divorce in Georgia: Know Your Rights
In 2015, the supreme court ruled in the Obergefell v. Hodges making marriage equality the law throughout the country. Unsurprisingly, with same-sex marriage comes same-sex divorce in some cases, and it’s essential to know your rights as an LGBTQ+ person in Georgia. Spouses in same-sex marriages are afforded the same legal rights as their opposite-sex counterparts,…Read More